As of Friday, August 21, 2015
OKANOGAN Fires continue to threaten the Loup Loup transmission line, but the Okanogan County Public Utility District said it is trying to keep the line energized.
“There is active fire along multiple sections of the power line corridor,” district said.
The line will continue to stay energized unless the state Department of Natural Resources requests the line to be de-energized for firefighting safety or the fire burns the transmission line. The utility encourages customers of the Twisp and Winthrop areas to prepare for outages.
“PUD crews are assessing the damage from the strong winds which fueled flames and prompted additional evacuations within Okanogan County,” the utility said. “The PUD continues to focus on restoring electric services affected by the aggressive fires that continue to threaten the county.”
Around 600 customers are without power and 500 poles have been damaged. Crews continue to work to restore restore power to those customers affected.
Damaged fiber optics/telecommunications equipment on Old Riverside Highway was restored yesterday evening. Internet and cellular service has been reestablished for the areas affected.
Weather predictions indicate high winds and lightning beginning this afternoon and continuing through the evening.