Pacific Power crews, working closely with fire fighters and local emergency authorities, continue to inspect damage and restore service to customers after a devastating wind storm caused power outages throughout the state while low humidity and long term drought conditions set off fires throughout Oregon.
Evacuations are in effect in several communities and Pacific Power is assisting with those actions under the direction of local authorities.Gov. Kate Brown earlier invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to direct all necessary resources to the fires raging in several communities in western Oregon.
“This has been a tough time for these communities we serve and care deeply about. From Mill City to Lincoln City to Medford, we stand with our customers and are working hard to help them recover,” said Scott Bolton, senior vice president of external affairs and customer solutions. “We are actively working with local and state authorities to protect residents and safeguard the power grid in threatened areas. And we are pledging to help rebuild these affected communities.”
As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, the communities hardest hit by power outages are:
Jackson and Josephine Counties: 13,000
Lincoln County: 12,000