Pacific Power closely monitoring Illinois Valley and northern California areas for wildfire risk and possible Public Safety Power Shutoff

October 23, 2020

CAVE JUNCTION, ORE. — Pacific Power is closely monitoring weather forecasts in high-fire risk areas in the Illinois Valley area and Happy Camp, Calif. Sunday, October 25, is when a combination of high, gusty winds, low humidity and elevated factors on key weather indexes might require a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The PSPS watch covers the communities of Selma, Dryden, Kerby, Cave Junction, Holland, O’Brien, Takima and Happy Camp. Approximately 5,800 customers are in the PSPS watch area. The estimated duration of the event is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 25.

“We are issuing a PSPS watch for these areas so our customers can prepare,” said Erik Brookhouse, vice president of system, operations. “It’s important to have an emergency plan and kit prepared year-round. Unlike an outage caused by a winter storm, we know when the power will go out and a good estimate for when it will be safe to turn it back. We will continue to update our customers as more information is available.”

Turning off power during a Public Safety Power Shutoff is done to prevent wind-blown or falling debris from making contact with energized power lines. Pacific Power crews will actively patrol and remove debris from lines and make repairs if needed. Once line inspections are complete and extreme weather conditions have subsided, Pacific Power will re-energize the lines.

Customers have been notified of the watch through phone calls, email and text messages. Customers under the PSPS watch area will continue to receive updates through ongoing communications. Customers can use the interactive map at www.pacificpower.net/psps to see if they are located in a PSPS area.  

Customers will receive a status update on the PSPS watch tomorrow, Saturday, October 24 at 7 a.m.

For all non-emergency questions about the PSPS, customers and the public should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

Visit pacificpower.net/psps for additional information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs, wildfire safety and emergency preparedness. 

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