[UPDATE 9:36 p.m.] Tree Into Power Lines Starts Fire Between Redway and Garberville; Electricity Out to Over 1800 Customers

Vegetation FireA fire sprang up after a tree fell into power lines near Evergreen Drive on Redwood Drive between Garberville and Redway a little after 6 a.m. The flames have burned between 1/4 and a 1/2 acre so far, according to the Incident Commander over the scanner.

UPDATE 6:42 a.m.: According to PG&E, over 1800 customers lost power at 6:14 a.m.

UPDATE 6:43 a.m.: The incident commander reports that the fire is at 1/2 acre and there is a potential for fire to burn up to 5 acres. The incident is now being reported as north of Evergreen Drive.

Please consider not traveling on Redwood Drive between Garberville and Redway. We’re attempting to learn whether the road has been closed but, for now, please drive around on Hwy 101 if you can.

UPDATE 6:47 a.m.: The estimated time for PG&E to show up is 7:40 a.m.

UPDATE 6:53 a.m.: According to PG&E’s map, the power is out just north of Garberville to Phillipsville then northwest to Honeydew and then down south of Whitethorn.

This is the best screengrab of PG&E’s map we can get due to the configuration of their program.

Power outage
UPDATE 7:02 a.m.: “Forward progress has been stopped,” reports the Incident Commander.

UPDATE 7:16 a.m.: Photos provided by Garberville Fire.

Eel River Inmate crews attacking the fire.

UPDATE 7:36 a.m.: There is one way controlled traffic on Redwood Drive still as of 7:35 a.m.

UPDATE 7:43 a.m.: This photo from Garberville Fire shows the tree on the power lines.

UPDATE 9:25 a.m.: Power has been restored to about 700 customers. However, there are still about 1100 without electricity. PG&E reports there is a broken power pole in the area. Currently, they are estimating that power will be restored by 10:45 a.m.

Power outage map

Screenshot from PG&E’s power outage map showing in yellow the approximate area of the outage.

UPDATE 12:40 p.m.: PG&E is now estimating that the power will be back on by 8 p.m.

UPDATE 9:36 p.m.: All but four customers have their power restored, according to PG&E.

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