Latest Information on the McKenzie River Wildfire and Related Outages

OUTAGE UPDATE – 9/12/2020

EMERALD PUD WILDFIRE AND OUTAGE UPDATE
Latest Restoration Efforts

Emerald PUD staff has been in contact with state and local officials throughout the weekend, closely monitoring the areas designated evacuation zones in Marcola and the Mohawk Valley. While power has been shut off in these areas for safety reasons, Emerald is committed to restoring power as soon as it is safe to do so.

As of this afternoon, restoration work has begun in the areas west of Marcola Road and south of the town of Marcola. Power has been largely restored to both Sunderman Road and Parsons Creek Road. Crews are working in other parts of this area throughout the day.

PLEASE NOTE: Given the current air quality conditions, power restorations may be a long and difficult process. Once conditions allow, our crews must patrol power lines and inspect utility facilities to ensure they are in safe working order before we can re-energize. The current air conditions make visibility poor and will lengthen the time it takes to make these inspections.

We understand the hardship this is for many of our customers and our thoughts are with you. We appreciate your patience as we work toward restoring power to the Marcola and Mohawk Valley areas. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

 

OUTAGE UPDATE – 9/10/2020

EMERALD PUD WILDFIRE AND OUTAGE UPDATE
Monitoring Conditions in Evacuation Zones

We continue to monitor conditions throughout our District, particularly in those areas that have been designated evacuation zones. This afternoon, our crews restored power to Hill Road in Marcola, which is currently in a Level 2 evacuation zone.

Please note that due to continued fire risk, we do not plan to energize any areas in a Level 3 evacuation zone unless specifically asked to do so by state authorities. To date, large sections of the Mohawk Valley and Marcola remain under a Level 3 and power will remain off, with limited exceptions, until further notice. We will work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible once conditions allow.

We understand how difficult this situation is for customers in these areas and appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

 

OUTAGE UPDATE – 9/9/2020

EMERALD PUD WILDFIRE AND OUTAGE UPDATE
Restoring Power to Mohawk Valley

As the Lane County wildfires continue, Emerald PUD has been working with the State Fire Marshal to restore power to critical facilities in the Mohawk Valley. Power has been restored to Marcola Road up to and including the town of Marcola. Emerald crews will continue to work with the State Fire Marshal to determine whether and how to safely re-energize additional areas.

A Red Flag warning continues throughout today, with extremely dangerous weather conditions keeping fire risk high. Any area of EPUD’s service territory that is assigned a Level 3 GO NOW Evacuation Notice is subject to having power shut off immediately to avoid worsening existing fires. EPUD will continue to operate its system under modified conditions to lower the risk of starting a new fire and will closely monitor both weather conditions and our system to ensure the safety of our communities.

  • Customers are advised to closely monitor Lane County evacuation orders and prepare to be without power, if necessary.
  • In case of evacuation and the loss of power, know how to manually open your automatic garage doors and gates.
  • If you see any signs of fire, call 911 immediately.
  • STAY AWAY from downed power lines and poles. Report downed lines to EPUD at 541-746-1583.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full in your vehicles.
  • Review your safety preparedness plan now. Make sure everyone in your household knows each step.
  • Keep your cellphone charged.

 

OUTAGE UPDATE – 9/8/2020

EMERALD PUD’S WILDFIRE MITIGATION PLAN

Due to current extreme conditions, Emerald PUD is closely following the Lane County wildfires and evacuation orders. For the past several days, the utility has modified the operations of its electrical system to decrease the risk of igniting a fire. This means that in the event a fault occurs, such as a limb on a power line, it will likely affect a wider area and may increase the amount of time it takes to restore power.

In the event that areas of the service territory become included in Level 3 evacuation notices, Emerald is prepared to cut power to the area immediately. We strongly encourage customers in threatened wildfire areas to prepare now. DON’T WAIT.

  • EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: STAY AWAY from downed power lines and poles. Report downed lines to EPUD at 541-746-1583.
  • EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: If you see any signs of fire, call 911
  • EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Know how to manually open automatic garage doors and gates.
  • If your water comes from a well, a power outage will cause the water service to stop. Fill containers with water before the power goes out.
  • Keep shoes near your bed in case you need to evacuate during the night.
  • Build a supply kit. Include prescription medications, bottled water, a battery-operated radio, flashlights and batteries (or a rechargeable flashlight), coolers or ice chests, and external rechargeable battery packs and an extra charging cable for your cellphones. Keep non-perishable food and a manual can-opener in your kit.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full in your vehicles.
  • Review your safety preparedness plan now. Make sure everyone in your household knows each step.
  • Plan for your pets. Know what you need to keep them with you or where you can take them to be cared for.
  • Keep your cellphone charged.