Western Oregon faces severe drought, extreme temperatures, and high winds, creating perfect conditions for wildfires. This has led the power company to recently issue a statement telling customers in many areas that they may face planned and unplanned power outages.
Perfect Storm: Extreme weather can lead to disaster
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for most of the Oregon coast, nearly all of western Oregon, and the entire Washington coast on September 9-10. This includes the Portland metropolitan area, Eugene and Salem. It is expected to last from 11:00 am Friday to 8:00 pm Saturday, but it is unclear if this condition will continue. The warning is intended to stem the threat of wildfires, a serious problem in many areas where temperatures are reaching the 90s.
Fires in Ban Meter, Cedar Creek, and Rum Creek are already raging and alarming many residents. Several more infections have spread across the state, as well as Northern California and Washington.
Fire weather warnings have also been issued for parts of Eastern and Central Oregon, including Crook, Deschutes, Wasco, Jefferson, and Sherman counties.
Temperatures soar into the 90s in Portland. Winds can reach over 30 miles per hour, and many are wondering about possible damage to electrical grids, which are known to cause fires. Debris such as fallen tree branches can also be blown onto live power lines by the wind, creating a potential disaster scenario. The same concerns extend up and down the Oregon coast, where winds are expected to reach similar levels.
Residents are asked to be aware of sources of ignition. Dry grass and bushes can easily spark and cause unruly fires. Always extinguish cigarette butts, dispose of them properly, and report any outages to power lines or electrical equipment to your local power company immediately.
Who can forget the Echo Mountain Complex fire north of Lincoln City in 2020? The fire spread over more than 2,000 acres, causing smoke to rise into the air and the sun to turn blood red. Property damage and loss of precious land can never be reversed. Rather than face another incident, Pacific Power chose to power off over 12,500 customers. The following areas are affected:
- Lincoln County
- Lynn County
- Marion County
- Douglas County
- Tillamook County
- Polk County
Most of the time there is a power outage at 6am on Fridays. Additional areas may be added at 4pm.Pacific power is page More detailed information is included, including the location of the air-conditioned temporary Community Resource Center. These are especially helpful for people with heat-sensitive medical conditions.
Portland General Electric wonders 30,000 customers
Portland General Electric has declared that some customers are likely to face public safety outages, but has not announced when or where those outages will occur. Instead, we have named the following high-risk areas:
- Tualatin Mountains
- west hills
- North West Hills
- Central West Hills
- Southern West Hills
- oregon city
- Mt Hood Corridor/Foothills
- Columbia River Gorge
- Scott Mills
they posted mapIt also includes areas such as the Portland metropolitan area, Beaverton, parts of Hillsboro, Gresham, and Newburgh. The lack of certainty may be due to their ability to monitor the power grid in real time. Or maybe you’re trying to cast a wide net, warning everyone who might face a problem without turning off the power.
- In some cases, the high temperatures of the 90’s can lead to serious injury or even death, especially for those unaccustomed to the heat, small children and the elderly.
- Remember to stay hydrated and drink water when you are thirsty.
- Find ways to stay cool and avoid spending too much time in the sun.
- Do not leave children unattended in the car.
- If someone starts showing signs of excessive sweating or redness, get them out of the heat as soon as possible.