Humidity, Winter Grime Can Spark Pole Fires: Manitoba Hydro

Humidity, Winter Grime Can Spark Pole Fires: Manitoba Hydro

Hydro Pole Fire
Humidity can mix with winter grime built up on hydro poles, sparking a fire. (MANITOBA HYDRO)

Warmer spring weather can end up leading to pole fires, Manitoba Hydro has warned.

The public utility says humidity is created as temperatures rise and then mix with built up winter grime on power line insulators to create electrical short circuits on wood poles.

If a fire should burn through a pole, power lines may drop and create a safety hazard for anyone nearby.

Those who spot a pole fire or downed line should call Manitoba Hydro at 1-888-624-9376.


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