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Electricity restored to Malott, Methow Valley

— 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.

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