News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

East winds may lead to power outages

The National Weather Service has forecasted weather conditions beginning today that will result in an extreme risk of fire danger in both CPI and Pacific Power service territories. 

Both CPI and Pacific Power are taking preventative measures through Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to mitigate the risk of wildfires that could occur during this time.

Pacific Power announced Wednesday that it would shut down power early this morning. Power will be off until the earliest Saturday evening. It could take power companies between 12 hours and 48 hours (or longer) to restore power to all customers.

As of press time, CPI was stating it would turn power off for its customers as “a last resort.”

Pacific Power’s planned outage is for the areas north and east of Scio, through Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Gates, Detroit, Idanha and Marion Forks, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Lincoln City and Glide east along the Umpqua Highway.

CPI areas affected by a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff include the communities of Stayton, Scio, Lyons, Elkhorn, Detroit, Idanha, Marion Forks and Sweet Home.

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan and her staff are in constant communication with area emergency response teams, utility and service industries, and continually assessing the safety of all residents. 

For CPI customers, more information is available at cpi.coop and by calling 1-800-872-9036.

For Pacific Power customers, more information is available by calling 1-888-221-7070.

For more information, visit your utility provider’s website:

Consumers Power Inc. www.cpi.coop

Pacific Power www.pacificpower.net

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