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Pacific Power Continues Power Shutoff Discussion

A Pacific Power official reiterated their use of a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” in times of extreme fire danger in the Hood River/Mosier area would be very rare, but also said their weather metrics will change over time.  Pacific Power vice-president of external affairs and customer solutions Scott Bolton said on Bicoastal Media’s Mid-Columbia Today program on Tuesday that they do not believe they would have taken such a step in the past eight years.  Bolton said the basic criteria is for high winds, hot temperatures, and low humidity in locations with high fuel loads that could come into contact with electrical facilities, but the specifics will evolve over time as they install more weather monitoring, gain more experience with the plan, and work with communities.  Bolton said a shutoff could be in a very specific area rather than throughout the entire coverage area.  Pacific Power had planned a public meeting on the subject in mid-July, but Bolton said it was cancelled as local emergency officials asked for more information to work on a broader plan before it moves to a broader discussion.