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Pacific Power working to restore electricity in Southern Oregon

Pacific Power is working to restore electricity to 3,000 customers spread across Southern Oregon by Sunday night, the utility said on Sunday afternoon.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, approximately 8,900 customers remained without power in Oregon and Northern California due to recent wind storms and wildfires. An additional 2,500 are without service in the Weed, Calif. area after the utility shut of electricity preemptively to prevent wildfires amid hazardous weather conditions.

In Jackson County, approximately 7,200 customers were without power as of Sunday afternoon, including in Talent, Phoenix, south Medford, outside Ashland, Shady Cove and south of Shady Cove.

Areas of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and south Medford were impacted by the Almeda fire that started Sept. 8 and heavily damaged Talent and Phoenix.

Shady Cove, Butte Falls and Eagle Point remain under threat from the South Obenchain fire that has burned more than 30,500 acres in northern Jackson County.

By late Sunday, Pacific Power hopes to restore power for Talent customers south of Colver Road, west of Talent Avenue and east of Yank Gulch and Wagner Creek, as well as for customers on South Rapp Lane and southwest to Anderson Creek Road.

Estimates could change based on conditions on the ground. Some individual homes may also be so damaged that they can't receive electricity, Pacific Power said.

Residents north of I-5 on Suncrest and Payne Roads and south of Fern Valley Road in the Talent area could also have power back on tonight, Pacific Power said Sunday afternoon.

However, customers north and east of Talent Avenue and north and east of Highway 99 up to Valley View Road should plan for a prolonged period of time before power can be restored, the utility said.

For areas outside Ashland, Pacific Power hopes to restore electricity Sunday evening north of Ashland and south of Alpine Way, west of I-5 and east of I-5 along North Valley View Road. Localized damage may exist that could impact individual customers, leading to longer restoration times, Pacific Power said.

The city of Ashland is served by its own electric department.

Pacific Power expects to restore power to customers without power in Phoenix beginning on Wednesday.

Many areas in and around Phoenix should plan for a prolonged lack of electricity, including areas north of Culver Road and Hartley Road into Phoenix, plus areas west of town out on Coleman Creek, Griffen Creek, Dark Hollow, Pioneer and Camp Baker roads.

For southern Medford, areas north of Fern Valley Road and south of Stage Road along Highway 99 should plan for a prolonged lack of power.

In areas still threatened by the South Obenchain wildfire in northern Jackson County, including Shady Cove, Butte Falls and South Obenchain Road, Pacific Power is still assessing damage. The utility will begin restoring power after completing damage assessments and getting clearance from fire officials.

“The progress we’ve made over the weekend is encouraging, and we continue to be ready and staged with supplies in areas where we are still awaiting access to be granted by first responders,” said David Lucas, Pacific Power vice president of operations. “As our communities come together in response to this historic, statewide event, Pacific Power will continue to work around the clock to help restore power and support our neighbors and friends.”

The utility said nearly 500 Pacific Power crew members are working to restore service to communities hit by unprecedented wind-driven wildfires.

To view a map of outages in Pacific Power's coverage area, visitwww.pacificpower.net/outages-safety.html.

For updated information on Pacific Power plans to restore electricity in specific areas, see www.pacificpower.net/outages-safety/outage-resource-center.html.

Pacific Power customer care agents are available to help customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-221-7070.

The utility is working with the American Red Cross and local agencies to aid people in need.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Pacific Power is working to restore electricity in the wake of devastating fires across Oregon. Photo courtesy of Pacific Power