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Electricity should be back on by Thursday

— Electricity should be restored to all customers of the Okanogan County Public Utility District by Thursday.

Power was cut to around 7,000 customers of the district and adjacent Okanogan County Electric Cooperative when transmission and distribution lines burned in the Carlton Complex fires. The co-op’s electricity is delivered via the Loup Loup transmission line, which was damaged by the fire.

Utility district officials say it’s a good thing that work is almost done, since there are no hotel rooms remaining in the area because of this weekend’s Omak Stampede.

Mutual aid crews from other utilities plan to leave the area on Thursday.

“We also believe that we will be back to normal operations by this weekend,” the utility said.

People who don’t have power after Thursday are asked to contact the utility at 509-422-3310 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who have had electrical work done need to have a state Department of Labor and Industries electrical inspector check the property before power can be reconnected.

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