Wildfires and wind storms kept Idaho Power’s repair crews busy this summer. More than 800 structures were in the path of fires, but only 45 poles were actually destroyed.
Spokesperson Lynette Berriochoa says that maintenance crews clear vegetation around the poles before fire season begins.
“So as a result, when those fires move through, some of the fires move right around those wood poles and they were spared," says Berriochoa.
But Idaho Power still has a big bill to pick up after this summer’s damage.