Photo by Roger Harnack
Okanogan County Public Utility District crews install a new power pole near Pateros.
As of Friday, July 25, 2014
OKANOGAN Okanogan Public Utility District No. 1 plans to energize its Twisp sub-station today after transmission lines over Loup Loup Pass are completed and tested.
Bonneville Power Administration will have a switchman in Twisp at 10 a.m. to go through the heat up process.
Customers who have not notified the utility of generator installation will be responsible for ensuring they can safely receive power when restored, officials said.
Officials have warned customers the danger of hooking generators to their homes, as if incorrectly set-up, the generator's power and energize power lines.
The utility said crews will inspect personal generators for customers who have notified them to ensure they can safely receive power.
The utility lost 22 power poles alone along state Highway 20 west of Loup Loup Pass, last week in the Carlton Complex fires.
Okanogan County Public Utility District crews have been working around the clock to have power restored to the Methow Valley.
The utility district released the following information Wednesday 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.
When the power goes on today, the majority of Twisp 2000 and Twisp 4000 customers are expected to have electricity in their homes, officials said.
The switch supplying power to the Okanogan County Electric Cooperate is expected to be energized shortly thereafter, allowing that utility to restore power to approximately 3,500 of its customers from Twisp to Mazama.
Power is expected to take an additional day or two to be restored in Pateros, officials said.
Rural residents in heavily fire-damaged areas will likely have to wait for power restoration, officials said.