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The Okanogan County Fire District says 3,602 of its customers are without power in as a result of the Carlton Complex wildfires. The map shows effected areas in and around the fire.

Credit: Okanogan County Public Utility District
The Okanogan County Fire District says 3,602 of its customers are without power in as a result of the Carlton Complex wildfires. The map shows effected areas in and around the fire.

— Okanogan County Public Utility District No. 1 officials hope to have power restored to city customers in Pateros and Twisp sometime this weekend.

But with 7,000 homes and businesses without power countywide, officials are asking for patience.

"We're running into challenges," spokesman Dan Boettger said Wednesday morning, crediting customers with being "really, really good" in understanding it could take time.

Many of the power poles along Old Highway 97 and state Highway 153, in the city of Pateros and across Loup Loup Pass have been damaged or destroyed since the outbreak of the Carlton Complex wildfires last week.

The utility lost 22 power poles alone along state Highway 20 west of Loup Loup Pass, officials said previously, noting the poles and lines would have to all be replaced.

Bonneville Power Administration crews have joined the local utility in erecting new poles and helping to restore power.

"They've been awesome," Boettger said yesterday, noting Bonneville crews were working on the Brewster-to-Pateros transmission lines.

According to Boettger, 3,602 of the utility's customers are without power. The Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, which serves the area from Twisp to Mazama, has a similar number of customers without electricity.

Utility District crews have been focusing on lines between Twisp and Okanogan.

"We're putting as many resources on that as we can," he said. "And we have assistance from Chelan County PUD and Douglas County PUD."

Out-of-town customers and those who installed generators are going to have to wait longer for power, Boettger said this morning.

"We're pulling all the secondaries (to locations that have installed in-line generators) that we know of," he said. "Those folks are going to have to stay on generators longer."

Boettger said the reason for pulling secondaries is to prevent power lines from being energized by a generator.

Previously, the utility cautioned residents about installing generators. Incorrect installations could lead to energized power lines and possible injury of a utility worker who thought lines and poles were inoperable.

The utility district released the following information this morning on outages, broken down by service loops:

  • Brewster 2000 —191 customers south of Brewster along U.S. Highway 97 and in the Indian Dan Canyon area.
  • Loup Loup 1000 — 6 customers near Loup Loup Pass.
  • Malott 1000 — 168 customers in the Chiliwist and along Old Highway 97 and U.S. 97 south of Malott.
  • Ophir 1000 — 341 customers atop Ophir Grade in the Old Highway 97 area and near Monse.
  • Pateros 1000 — 656 customers in the city of Pateros, the Alta Lake community and north and south of Pateros along U.S. Highway 97.
  • Pateros 4000 — 594 customers in the Methow Valley along state Highway 153 from Pateros to Carlton, including Methow.
  • Twisp 2000 — 648 customers in Twisp.
  • Twisp 3000 — 686 customers along state Highway 153 south of Twisp.
  • Twisp 4000 — 312 customers in the downtown area of Twisp.

The cooperative has yet to release official information on the number and location of its effected customers.


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