A power pole fire near the town of Okanogan knocked out electricity to the Methow Valley north of Carlton for six hours Saturday night.
The fire began at 6:20 p.m. and burned an Okanogan Public Utility District (PUD) transmission line power pole near Okanogan. The fire caused an outage on the line that carries power over Loup Loup Pass, affecting all Okanogan County Electric Cooperative customers.
“We don’t know why the pole caught on fire. The damage was such that we couldn’t determine the cause,” said Tim Devries, director of engineering and operations for the PUD.
The pole was replaced by the PUD and power was restored at 12:20 a.m., Devries said.