Power outage in Chester/Lake Almanor area
PG&E is reporting a power outage in the Chester/Lake Almanor area. The outage effects 1,678 customers. The outage was caused by an interruption to a main transmission lines or substations causing widespread outage. Repair crews are on the site and estimate that power will be restored around 2:00 p.m. today.
For more information on the Chips or Reading Fires, go to our Wildfire Page.
Running with the Bears Marathon goes on despite smoke
Even through smoke, the Running with the Bears Marathon will be held this Saturday, Aug. 18. Unless the start line itself is on fire, the race will continue as planned.
Because many runners are dependent on the marathon as a Boston Marathon qualifier and since the registration is nonrefundable, organizer Josie Litchfield has decided to continue with the race.
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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer canceled due to fire
The American Cancer Society announced Aug. 15 that due to the current devastating fire situation in Plumas County, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) Lake Almanor Walk, planned for Aug. 25, is canceled.
“The most important concern is the safety of residents, cancer patients, survivors and caregivers,” said Lisa Phillips, Chester resident and volunteer event chairwoman.
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August 15 PSREC power outage
Press release from Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative
Portola, CA, August 15, 2012 – At approximately 3:16 p.m. Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative experienced a system-wide outage due to the Chips fire near Belden, in the Feather River Canyon on Highway 70, disrupting Pacific Gas and Electric’s transmission feed to Plumas-Sierra REC.
PSREC was able to restore power to the majority of its system at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Due to a secondary fire caused by a lightning strike in the Constantia Road area near Doyle, PSREC’s members from Beckwourth to Susanville were without power until approximately 8:10 p.m. when crews were able to re-route power through back up lines, around the lines affected by the Constantia Road fire, to the rest of the system.
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Public fire meeting has light moments
Samantha P. Hawthorne
The proposed Chips Fire evacuations have not broken the spirits of Canyon residents.
Despite the growing flames, residents and agency officials managed to keep their humor alive while discussing the status of the fire Aug. 13 at the Almanor Recreation Center.
Concerned residents gathered throughout the overcapacity building, finding room wherever they were able.
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