As the El Niño season peaks, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) steps up its campaign to warn the public against forming and spreading grassfires, especially in rural areas. The company also noted that the smoke from grassfires alone can cause tripping of transmission lines. “The integrity of these lines is threatened by grassfires which, per field reports, are usually formed by farmers especially during the summer season. We reiterate our appeal to the public to stop these unsafe practices near transmission lines so power interruptions are avoided,” it said. NGCP also thanked the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Cagayan for quick response to grassfire incidents involving power transmission assets. On April 3, a wood pole was burnt along one of NGCP’s transmission lines in the province. Four of NGCP’s 69-kilovolt lines are servicing the franchise areas of Cagayan I Electric Cooperative (CAGELCO I), Cagayan II Electric Cooperative (CAGELCO II), Isabela II Electric Cooperative (ISELCO II) and Kalinga Electric Cooperative (KAELCO) in Cagayan, Kalinga, Apayao, and parts of Isabela provinces.