Fire board reflects on shutoff


September 28, 2022

Benny Westcott

SHFAD board members and staff discuss the power shutoffs that occurred earlier this month in an attempt to reduce fire danger.

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors discussed the public safety power shutoffs that kept parts of the city in the dark for close to 20 hours.

The outage impacted more than 5,000 customers in the area (12,000-plus total in Linn County) as Pacific Power and Consumers Power Inc. sought to thwart fire danger from east winds and low humidity forecast for that weekend in the Oregon Cascades.

"For us it was a great exercise," Fire Chief Nick Tyler said. "It was really great to have all of the city leaders [at the Emergency Operations Center] and...

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