EUGENE, Ore.-- Lane Electric customers will not have power into Tuesday night, while EWEB customers in the Thurston and Walterville areas will not have their power restored for now due to the Holiday Farms Fire.
The Eugene Water and Electric Board said that expected high wind speeds combined with the fire's behavior meant that crews were unable to complete planned restorations. Officials said crews were headed toward Thurston and Hayden Bridge substations but the westward creep of the fire pushed them back.
They said they will be working closely with other agencies to monitor conditions.
Lane Electric shut off all substations at 6 p.m. They said they will re-energize lines overnight in cooler weather, but rising winds and temperatures might cause further shut-offs Wednesday.
Officials said they will work on a circuit by circuit, line by line visual inspection to ensure safety before lines are re-energized, making it difficult to make a time estimation as to when customers can expect their power to be restored.
Lane Electric serves the following communities:
- Blue River
- Cottage Grove
- Culp Creek
- Fall Creek
- Pleasant Hill