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August 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Wildfire cuts power to 400 customers

Burned down power lines along Bettas road near Hwy. 97. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The Taylor Bridge Fire has cut power to about 400 homes near Cle Elum,  and some may be without power forup to a week, said Matt Boast of the Kittitas County PUD.

“We haven’t been able to get into some areas and see how much damage there is,” said Boast, co-interim manager for the PUD.  “We’re a very small utility, with only 12 employees. Even our managers are out assessing damage.”

Roughly 10 percent of the PUD’s customers lost power.

A large number of wooden power poles have burned, bringing down lines that in some cases stretch across roads, adding to the hazards, Boast said.

PUD staffers today will ask the utility’s commissioners to declare an emergency, a move that would allow hiring contractors quickly without going through a formal bidding process.

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