Pacific Power eyes power shutoffs during times of high wildfire risk

Josephine County officials have been in talks with the company to work up plans.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 3:47 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 3:47 PM

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top story tonight -- pacmari says: "today i talked with josephine county and pacific power about what kind of concerns people are having with potential power shut offs and how those concerns are being addressed." kristina says "the fires are increasing with intensity and frequency in our region county commissioner president lily morgan says she agrees, but there's a few concerns. lily says "we wanted to make sure are they asking the right questions, are they planning for all the impacts their decisions may make." besides a lack of air conditioning when it's hot, power shut offs may affect multiple things lily says: "infrastructure. cell phones are really how people communicate but if cell phone tower do not have power, how long is the back need if their phone systems are down, medical equipment in a home." morgan says pacific power has been responsive in working to find ways to address these concerns. they plan to give at least a 72 hour notice to customers whose power could be shut off these outages aren't expected to last for significant amounts of time kristina says "we can't necessarily look into the future but we have looked into the past and pulled historical information and what we found is that it would be quite infrequent. in fact, for the region looking at one case that might have occurred, it would have lasted about an hour." pacific power says this is a last resort kristina says: "we don't want it to be anything that makes anyone feel fear or is daunting. if we do that it's really because we really want to protect our customers." lily says: "the main goal is we want citizens to be safe, number one, and we don't want more fires." mari says: "pacific power says that as wildfires become more frequent and intense on the west coast, their main goal is keeping people safe. in grants pass, mari nelson, newswatch 12." pacific power
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