Fire scorches BC Hydro’s transmission structures

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro says a 3,000-hectare wildfire by the Beatton Airport Road has damaged a 138,000 volt transmission line — which caused a power outage to nearly 3,000 customers in the North Peace.Power is out in Prespatou, Milligan Creek, Charlie Lake, Montney and Upper Halfway. The power went out around 7 p.m. last night.The line runs from the GMS generating station in Hudson’s Hope to the Fort St. John substation. BC Hydro conducted a helicopter patrol of the line on Tuesday morning and found that fire has burnt through 16 transmission structures that carry this line.- Advertisement -Now, crews are reconfiguring power lines in the area to switch impacted customers to different circuits. Power is expected to return this afternoon or evening.In the entire Peace Region, BC Hydro says power was out for more than 6,400 on Monday night, which was caused by strong winds. To make matters worse, heavy smoke and road closures hampered restoration efforts that night.Spokesperson Bob Gammer said crews worked until midnight and had to take a mandatory 8-hour break, coming back to work on a solution at 8 a.m.Advertisementlast_img

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