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UPDATE: As of 8:45 a.m. Friday, power was restored to residents of Fort Nelson affected by the outage.
FORT NELSON, B.C. — BC Hydro reports that over 3,800 customers in Fort Nelson are without power due to impacts from wildfires in northeast B.C. and Alberta.
According to Mike Kellet with BC Hydro, a wildfire in Alberta burned a transmission line that supplies power to Fort Nelson on May 3rd.
As a result, BC Hydro was supplying electricity through the local gas-powered generation station. However, the station was forced off Thursday morning due to smoke and ash in the air from the wildfires across the northeast.
Crews are inspecting the plant to ensure there is no damage, and if that inspection goes well, BC Hydro will attempt to bring the station back online.
In the meantime, BC Hydro is reportedly working on options to provide service where available.
According to BC Hydro’s website, the expected time of power to be restored is Friday morning at 6 a.m.
Kellet says BC Hydro really appreciates residents’ patience and understanding while they’re working on this issue, and further information will be provided when available.
To view the current outages, head to BC Hydro’s website.
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