Merlin power customers get reprieve from planned outage

Merlin power customers get reprieve from planned outage (News 10 File Photo)

Coming off of a heat warning Wednesday with high temperatures in the low 90's, Pacific Power officials are delaying a planned outage for customers in the Merlin and north Grants Pass area.

In a statement to News 10, Drew Hanson a spokesman for Pacific Power said the planned outage has been canceled.

"The planned outage in Merlin has been canceled due to forecasted high heat in the area," Hanson said.

The utility warned customers with a robocall June 10 to expect the outage starting Thursday night into Friday morning to install a new circuit to the Merlin Substation.

"(The work) is part of the reliability investments Pacific Power is making in the Grants Pass area. The work has not been rescheduled at this time," Hanson said. "Affected customers were re-notified beginning on Tuesday of the cancellation. The planned outage is a necessary safety precaution to allow crews to upgrade equipment to make service even more reliable in the area."

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The planned work is outside of their new policy of planned power outages conducted for wildfire prevention.

The 199-acre Hugo Road fire that broke out in the area on Labor Day last year destroyed two homes and 133 outbuildings and blamed on a tree that fell onto a power line.

Pacific Gas and Electric in neighboring California instituted a similar policy after a number of power line related fires in the state last year.

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