Power cut in Corbett, Columbia Gorge due to wildfire threat
Power has been shut off across the region as the state has fallen under a red flag warning with extremely high threats of wildfires due to dry conditions and high winds.
As of Friday afternoon, Sept. 9, PGE preemptively cut power for folks in the Columbia River Gorge, including Springdale and Corbett, as well as the Mount Hood foothills as part of a public safety power shutoff. In total about 30,000 customers lost power across the region in the hopes of avoiding sparking a wildfire.
Power will remain off until conditions are deemed safe and PGE crews are able to visually inspect equipment before reenergizing lines. Officials expect power restoration to begin as early as Saturday evening.
The Corbett Fire Station, 36930 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, is operating as an emergency shelter and place of support for residents in need. There are charging stations, ice, water and information available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The red flag warning from the National Weather Service is in effect from 11 a.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
"Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread, which may threaten life and property," the NWS said in a statement from its Portland forecast office. "Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas."
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