Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Friday, Aug. 18 @ 4:48 p.m.
Pacific Power De-energizes Transmission Lines Ahead of Smith River Complex Fires; Duration of Outage Unknown
From Pacific Power:
Due to an approaching wildfire, Pacific Power has de-energized its transmission line serving Del Norte County, California, and the Crescent City area to protect surrounding residents and first responders. This will result in a loss of power for approximately 12,000 customers. The duration of the outage is unknown at this time.
The Smith River Complex is a series of lightning-caused fires burning in just over 3,000 acres south of the Oregon border. Two of the fires, the Holiday Fire and Kelly Fire are now within half a mile of Pacific Power’s infrastructure, which poses a risk to the safety of nearby communities and first responders.
Pacific Power is coordinating closely with local emergency management to address customer needs related to this emergency outage. Customers with medical needs are encouraged to contact Pacific Power Customer Service at 1-888-221-7070. Pacific Power will be proactively contacting those customers who have self-identified as having medical baseline needs.