OKANOGAN Electricity was restored yesterday afternoon to Malott and the Methow Valley, about four hours after a problem developed along the Loup Loup transmission line west of town.
The Okanogan County Public Utility District shut off the line in Pleasant Valley around 1:08 p.m. because of a pole fire that apparently was caused by a lightning strike.
Malott, Okanogan and Omak fire departments were called to a one- to two-acre grass fire, and the state Department of Natural Resources also responded.
The utility said its crews were prevented by Natural Resources from repairing the line until 3:28 p.m.
“Upon receiving permission to repair our facilities, the PUD completed restoration activity and re-energized the line at 5:14 p.m.,” the utility said.
About 5,000 customers were without power, including Malott, Twisp and those served by the Winthrop-based Okanogan County Electric Cooperative.