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Helicopter wildfire protection work in your community

Xcel Energy is dedicated to providing our customers with the safe, reliable electricity that powers their lives every day. One way we do this is by taking a proactive approach to maintaining our electric transmission and distribution lines in the communities we serve. I’m contacting you today to let you know about upcoming work in your area that is part of our comprehensive wildfire risk mitigation program. 

What to expect

Our contract pilots will be performing inspections in October along our system. The work involves flying a helicopter over 300 feet above Xcel Energy poles, lines and wires to collect data. The helicopter will be collecting Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data and photos, which will be used to perform modeling and analysis of our system and identify and help address potential hazards and keep customers safe.

Flights are currently scheduled to occur in Boulder County, Clear Creek County, and Jefferson County. Flights will begin on October 5 and continue for approximately 2 weeks including the weekends, weather permitting.

Please find the attached flyer for a description of the helicopter. This document includes a description of the aircraft (make, model, tail number, color and photograph) as well as contact information for the field team and Operations Desk.

Putting safety first

Rest assured that our contract crews are following proper protocols for health and safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including adhering to social distancing guidelines. We appreciate your understanding and ask that customers also socially distance themselves during any conversations with our personnel.  Learn more about steps we are taking at

More information

Find more online about our public safety efforts and programs at Learn how Xcel Energy is using technology, to better serve our customers by reviewing the Energy Innovation brief in our Corporate Responsibility Report.