In response to ongoing wildfire activity and transmission line disruptions, Pacific Power has been working to provide temporary power solutions for residents in the Crescent City area. With field crews working around the clock, the company has successfully restored temporary power to over 10,000 customers using large generators. These efforts are part of a larger plan to bring more customers back online by Thursday afternoon after de-energizing the area early.
Due to the current unsafe conditions in the transmission corridor serving Crescent City and its surroundings, re-energizing the transmission line has been deemed hazardous. Pacific Power is closely monitoring the wildfire situation and is ready to restore power for all customers once it is deemed safe to do so.
In addition to the deployment of large generators, Pacific Power has also taken measures to assist customers with medical needs by providing smaller residential generators. The company intends to deploy more of these generators in the coming days to ensure that essential services are maintained.
The coordination of generator distribution and placement has been in close collaboration with the Del Norte County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Essential services such as hospitals, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, large retail stores, restaurants, and hotels have been given priority in the distribution of power. The focus is also on providing power to customers enrolled in the Medical Baseline Program.
To further support impacted customers, Pacific Power has established two Community Resource Centers (CRCs) which offer essential services like electronic charging, information dissemination, water, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, non-perishable snacks, and security. The CRCs are located at Del Norte High School and the Yurok Tribe, offering assistance from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Notably, a generator has also been set up in Scott Bar, California to provide power to around 240 customers who are outside evacuation and fire-affected zones. Repair crews are actively waiting for clearance from emergency services to access 58 customer locations that have been impacted by the wildfires. Meanwhile, around 50 customers in the Hamburg area have had their power restored after Pacific Power was granted permission to re-energize the circuit serving that region.
Pacific Power is continuing to monitor fire activity across all areas and will restore power as soon as it is safe to do so. Regular updates on the emergency outage will be communicated to customers via email and text messages, ensuring that everyone stays informed about the ongoing situation.
Source: Pacific Power