Updated: Sep 8
Due to elevated wildfire conditions and forecasted high, gusty winds, Pacific Power announced they will perform a Public Safety Power Shutoff in some of the areas they serve. The area in and around Lincoln City is being monitored for elevated weather conditions that could lead to a Public Safety Power Shutoff. The impacted areas will primarily be in the Neotsu, Three Rocks, Otis, Rose Lodge, and Boyer. Some customers outside of Public Safety Power Shutoff areas could be impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff due to the interconnected nature of the electrical grid.
The Public Safety Power Shutoff will affect approximately 12,000 customers and begin at around 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 9 and could last through Saturday evening. Some areas we serve are at an increased risk of catastrophic wildfires. As a safety precaution, electricity could be turned off in wildfire high risk areas during extreme weather events for public safety in an effort to prevent a fast-moving, hard to fight wildfire. The measure would only be used as a last resort to help ensure community safety.
Central Lincoln PUD has indicated they do not plan to do any power shut downs at this time. The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from 11 AM Friday to 11 PM PDT Saturday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect. Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread which may threaten life and property. Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended.