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Unplanned power outage hits Plumas County updated

UPDATE 10 a.m.: A PG&E spokesman said that the cause of the outage was a circuit breaker at the Caribou substation.

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m.: And it’s back. PG&E said power had been restored at 9:33 a.m.

UPDATE 8:40 a.m.: Power has been restored to Plumas Sierra Rural Electric customers as the power company switched to an alternate feed.

UPDATE 8:35 a.m.: According to a PG&E spokesman, 8,900 customers are affected in Quincy and the surrounding areas. The main transmission line out of Caribou in the Feather River Canyon tripped offline and crews are working to find the cause of the problem.

The power went out in Plumas County this morning around 8 a.m. This was an unplanned outage and appears to be triggered by an object hitting PG&E lines.

The outage is affecting not only PG&E customers, but includes a system-wide outage for Plumas Sierra Rural Electric. Those customers lost their power due to the loss of the PG&E feed; and, according to a spokesperson, there is no estimated time for restoration.

PG&E customers received text messages alerting them to the outage with the information that power was expected to be restored by 12:15 p.m.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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