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Going off the grid

Weather forecast prompts power shutdowns in Sweet Home


September 14, 2022

Sarah Brown

Customers wait in line Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Main St. Chevron in preparation for a utility-imposed public safety power shutdown set for the following day in response to a weather forecast of strong east winds and low humidity.

It all began with a forecast, albeit a familiar one with historically dire consequences.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Wednesday, Sept. 7. That meant strong winds, warm temperatures and low humidity - all of which were on the menu Friday and Saturday in the Oregon Cascades.

This was enough to exacerbate already dangerous wildfire conditions, and Oregon was contending with plenty of those. Nearly 30 were then burning throughout the state, consuming more than 200,000 acres, led by the ongoing Double Creek and Cedar Creek fires in eastern and central Oregon, respecti...

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