Power will be shut off in an effort to reduce wildfire risk in ten areas across PGE’s service territory starting Friday. In Gales Creek, power will be cut sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, and may be restored starting Saturday evening.
Author: Chas Hundley - Gales Creek Journal
PGE: ‘increasingly likely’ chance of power shutoffs in Gales Creek starting Friday over wildfire risk
Portland General Electric said that the likelihood of intentional power shutoffs—known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS—is high in ten areas in their service territory, including most of Gales Creek, Glenwood, and Hillside in the next 24 to 48 hours.
“These conditions are the worst so far for 2022. Dangerous conditions will start Friday morning, peak Friday night, and remain on Saturday,” Oregon Department of Forestry officials said. A Fire Weather Watch begins Friday, and fire danger will rise to Extreme in the Tillamook Forest and surrounding areas Friday.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Saturday night, citing imminent threat of wildfire across the state.
Highway 6 is closed near the summit of the Coast Range following a crash, the Oregon Department of Transportation said on tripcheck.com.
In this column, we take a look back one hundred years ago in western Washington County. This week, a logging camp opens near Glenwood, a new bridge over Gales Creek in Watts, and more!
Restrictions in areas protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in much of Northwest Oregon will increase again Tuesday in the face of increasing fire danger, moving from moderate to high fire danger.
The Tillamook Forest Center is expected to open next year in March.
“We are anxious to reopen and host visitors with smiles and an overdue hello,” the center said.
Preparations to remove the Balm Grove Dam will begin this month, the Tualatin River Watershed Council announced Tuesday. In mid-September, the dam will be broken apart piece by piece.
In this column, we take a look back one hundred years ago in western Washington County. This week, gossip from Gales Creek, a traffic count near Watts, and a detailed account of two gravel trucks and the “antics” they get up to.