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Electricity restored to most customers; 640 still without power

— Electrical service has been restored to all but about 640 Okanogan County Public Utility District

customers left powerless when the Carlton Complex wildfires burned transmission and distribution lines.

Approximately 280 of those customers were registered to homes destroyed in the fires.

The district said about 3,700 of its customers in the Methow Valley, Pateros and other areas were cut off.

Electricity was restored to the Methow Valley and Pateros late last week.

“Due to the terrain and number of customers per mile of line, it may be two more weeks before power will be

restored to everyone,” the utility said Wednesday afternoon.

Crews continue to work 16-hour days “and we have mobilized two additional crews from neighboring utilities to

ensure that power is restored as soon as possible,” the utility said.

Customers with questions can contact the utility office during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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