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Klamath Falls Morning Outage Caused by 'Large Bird'

Over 2300 customers were affected by a power outage that began with a brush fire — all caused by a bird, according to fire officials.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 10:02 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 3:00 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. —

UPDATE: A power outage that left an estimated 2,396 Pacific Power customers without electricity on Monday morning resulted from an unfortunate interaction between power lines and a "large bird," according to Klamath County Fire District #1 (KCFD1).

Calls first came in to 911 around 9:30 a.m., reporting a brush fire behind Wal-Mart on Laverne Way. KCFD1 says that a fire engine, two wildland patrol vehicles and two command vehicles arrived at the scene soon after, with nine personnel attacking the fire.

Firefighters knocked down the flames within a half-hour, with full containment accomplished within the hour. Fire crews found damage to two power poles and about one-quarter acre of grass and sage brush.

The widespread outage was caused by the two damaged poles, but KCFD1 says that they were found to be "safe for use" and were re-energized soon after.

After investigating the fire, officials discovered that the fire had started after a large bird came in contact with the power lines.

(Updated 9/24/18 at 2:45 p.m.)


UPDATE: Power has been restored to Pacific Power customers in Klamath Falls who experienced an outage, according to a Tweet from the company.

Customers who are still without power may need to flip the main breakers at their homes/businesses.

In an earlier post, Pacific Power said that they had pinpointed the issue to a "pole fire."

(Updated 9/24/18 at 10:32 a.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A large outage has left some 2396 Pacific Power customers without electricity, according to the power company.

At this time, Pacific Power says that they are still investigating the cause of the outage. They estimate that it could be resolved by 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

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