Wildfire threatens state power lines

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Firefighters raced to beat high winds predicted for today that could drive a wildfire near the Oregon border into the major transmission lines that carry power between California and the Pacific Northwest. The fire, around 70 miles northwest of Redding in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, is burning between three transmission lines located about 1 miles apart. The fire is paralleling the lines, which together carry about 4,200 megawatts of Bonneville Power Administration electricity to California. Firefighters working through the night Thursday took advantage of cool temperatures and calm winds to contain half the fire burning in the remote area, officials said Friday. The fire was a quarter-mile from the nearest power line, but firefighters feared winds predicted to gust to 30 mph beginning today could drive the fire out of control. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesThe California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, has contingency plans to reroute electricity around the transmission lines if one or more fail or have to be shut down because of the fire, said Jim Detmers, the system’s vice president for operations. In Southern California, meanwhile, cooler weather brought wildfires to a standstill. “Things are calming down quite a bit,” said Maeton Freel of the U.S. Forest Service.last_img read more