Power Line Arcing Through Spokane Valley Tree Rains Sparks on Home - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Power Line Arcing Through Spokane Valley Tree Rains Sparks on Home

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.- Early Monday morning a power line fell into a tree at Avalon Road in Spokane Valley, just north of Trent road, according to Spokane emergency crews.

The line is arcing through the branches of a tree and fire crews at 4210 N. Avalon Road said it was a serious fire hazard. The sparks from the line were not only in the branches and leaves of the tree, they were falling onto a home below.

The homeowner told KHQ that he was sitting on his porch and heard an electrical buzz. After looking for the source of the sound, he looked up and noticed the power line arcing. He immediately called Avista, who contacted fire crews to ensure the line didn't spark a fire. Avista shut down the line and began work on repairs early Monday morning.

KHQ spoke with fire crews at the incident, they said an arcing power line is dangerous in and of itself, but when a tree is added into the mix it's even more dangerous.

They say the tree can actually become energized, and given the right conditions, can shock anyone who touches it. Avista's website has some guidelines on how to handle a situation like this:

  • Never climb or attempt to fell a tree that has a limb caught in a power line
  • If you see a line caught in a tree, call your local utility company immediately
  • If the line does cause a fire, do not use water to put it out; instead call the fire department right away
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