Idaho Power crews make strides toward outage restoration in Elk and Pony Complex areas
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Idaho Power crews continue to make progress toward full power restoration in the areas affected by the Pony and Elk Complex fires.
“As usual, our guys are doing a great job in this challenging situation,” said Regional Manager Dave Joerger. “We’ve had not one injury so far.”
The Elk Complex now encompasses nearly 112,000 acres, limiting access by Idaho Power crews. Crews have surveyed damage and are working in some areas toward restoration efforts. An estimated 92 poles have burned, taking with them the line serving the Fall Creek, Pine and Featherville areas north of the dam.
By Wednesday afternoon five Idaho Power crews had restored power to the Anderson Ranch Bluffs subdivision and Lester Creek area. The crews expected to have Fall Creek restored soon after. The town of Pine could be reenergized by Thursday evening. Crews do not have access the area north to Featherville, so it is not yet clear when service could be restored.
In the Pony Complex area, where fire has consumed almost 144,000 acres, Idaho Power reports 37 poles burned, cutting power to 83 customers in the Prairie and Mountain Home areas. Many of the downed poles had been replaced by Tuesday evening and power was restored to Prairie by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
For current outage information, call Idaho Power at 388-2323, or 800-488-6150 from outside the Treasure Valley.
Customers with internet access can also get information by following Idaho Power on Twitter (@idahopower) or facebook.com/idahopower.
For tips on managing and preparing for outages, visit www.idahopower.com/outagetips.
(Photos courtesy Idaho Power)