Western Oregon adopts Calif fire tactic, shuts power amid face critical fire danger

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Western Oregon adopts Calif fire tactic, shuts power amid face critical fire danger

Utility providers cut power to a portion of their customers in an effort to put out the severe wildfire conditions that have spread over Western Oreg

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Utility providers cut power to a portion of their customers in an effort to put out the severe wildfire conditions that have spread over Western Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The action was taken as a Red Flag warning for western Oregon and Washington went into force on Friday morning and was expected to last until late Saturday night.

All ten of Portland General Electric’s high-fire-risk locations, as well as Silver Falls and Silverdale/Corbett, implemented a “Public Safety Power Shutoff.” At around 2 p.m., 30,000 consumers, according to them, were without power.

Oregon Fire Map

Tens of thousands may experience power outages

According to OregonLive.com, utility companies implement a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” when conditions, such as heavy wind, are predicted in regions with a more serious danger of wildfires. According to the website, “electricity is turned off in particular locations to help lessen the likelihood that downed power lines could start or intensify a wildfire.”

By late Friday, it was anticipated that more than 40,000 customers, including those in Portland’s affluent West Hills district, would lose power as a result of scheduled shutoffs due to certain regions being slammed by winds of up to 60 mph, and temperatures that were in the high 80s to low 90s.

Kirsten Cuppenbender, a logistics lead with Multnomah County Emergency Management, said, “We acquired a couple of pallets of water, which we can replace on a regular basis if needed.”

Power outages across Oregon to hopefully reduce fire risk.

Watch out for scam callers during power outages that affect public safety

PGE provided numerous suggestions to assist ratepayers to recognize potential frauds in a fraud notice earlier this year.

  • If a caller threatens to instantly turn off the power, that’s a warning sign because PGE always offers several chances for payment before discontinuing service.
  • Be wary if you hear numbers in that area, especially if you don’t believe you owe that much money. Scammers sometimes demand sums of slightly under $500 or $1,000.
  • Scammers frequently demand payment through prepaid cards or apps like Zelle or Venmo. None of those are means of payment that PGE will ever request.
  • Even if your caller ID reads PGE or Portland General Electric, proceed with caution. It might still be a ruse.

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