Thursday, 22 February 2024

Downed power lines close highway

LOWER LAKE – Downed power lines late Wednesday closed Highway 29 and resulted in a fire.


The California Highway Patrol reported that live power lines were down across the roadway at Highway 29 and Murphy Springs Road at just after 8 p.m.


Lake County Sheriff's deputies, CHP, Pacific Gas & Electric and local firefighters responded, according to the logs. Cal Fire also was called but later canceled, according to Cal Fire's Incident Command Center.


At 8:23 p.m. sheriff's officials reported a fire had broken out in the area, according to the CHP logs.


At the same time, traffic was being routed around the closed roadway so that cars came out at Hidden Valley, according to the CHP.


CHP reported that the roadway had reopened by 9:23 p.m.


The downed power lines were caused by a tree falling into the lines a quarter-mile south of Murphy Springs Road at 7:55 p.m., said PG&E spokesman JD Guidi.


Approximately 58 customers were affected, Guidi said. Power was restored to all customers by about 10 p.m.


Harold LaBonte contributed to this report.


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