City Light steps down emergency fire response

Seattle City Light is reducing its emergency response operation to the Goodell Creek fire that threatened its facilities in the Skagit Valley.

As of noon today, the utility shut down its 24-hour department operations center in Seattle and will run the disaster response out of Newhalem.

The fire is still active, but it is not moving directly against City Light facilities.

Between Wednesday and today, winds, temperatures and dry conditions forced the evacuation of the town of Diablo and the shutting down of generation and transmission.

All staff and their families are accounted for and have alternate accommodations in Concrete, Sedro Woolley, Wenatchee and Brewster. Nobody has been injured.

Two of the three powerhouses are still off line, with Gorge powerhouse running power only to Newhalem and other local facilities. A helicopter survey yesterday showed that at least six of our transmission towers and their lines were affected by the fire. We are preparing materials and staff to stabilize the terrain and make repairs as soon as it is safe.

We are actively monitoring the situation and stand ready to relocate staff to safety if the fire worsens.

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