A regional wind event is expected starting Sunday. High winds are forecasted in the shaded areas resulting in high fire danger. Eventually, some of the coldest air this season (so far) will arrive locally and result in temperatures well below freezing at night. Power shutoffs are not expected in the Klamath Falls area due to this event. The highest winds are expected to be outside our local area.

A Red Flag Warning is in place Sunday into Monday morning due to a dry humidities and gusty winds. These conditions may allow new or existing fires to spread rapidly. Follow all local fire restrictions.  Avoid outdoor activities that can cause sparks near dry vegetation. Additionally, use caution when operating power tools, don’t drive over dry grass, don’t throw burning material from vehicles and do not do any burning activity. Report new fires immediately by calling 911! In the event of an evacuation for a wildfire, follow instructions of local officials. Plan, Prepare and Stay Aware.

Possible Power Safety Shutoffs Sunday

Pacific Power closely monitoring Illinois Valley and northern California areas for wildfire risk and possible Public Safety Power Shutoff

Weather forecast for Sunday, October 25, is being monitored for possible de-energization of power lines in designated high-fire risk areas

CAVE JUNCTION, ORE. — Pacific Power is closely monitoring weather forecasts in high-fire risk areas in the Illinois Valley area and Happy Camp, Calif. Sunday, October 25, is when a combination of high, gusty winds, low humidity and elevated factors on key weather indexes might require a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

The PSPS watch covers the communities of Selma, Dryden, Kerby, Cave Junction, Holland, O’Brien, Takima and Happy Camp. Approximately 5,800 customers are in the PSPS watch area. The estimated duration of the event is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 25.

“We are issuing a PSPS watch for these areas so our customers can prepare,” said Erik Brookhouse, vice president of system, operations. “It’s important to have an emergency plan and kit prepared year-round. Unlike an outage caused by a winter storm, we know when the power will go out and a good estimate for when it will be safe to turn it back. We will continue to update our customers as more information is available.”

Turning off power during a Public Safety Power Shutoff is done to prevent wind-blown or falling debris from making contact with energized power lines. Pacific Power crews will actively patrol and remove debris from lines and make repairs if needed. Once line inspections are complete and extreme weather conditions have subsided, Pacific Power will re-energize the lines.

Customers have been notified of the watch through phone calls, email and text messages. Customers under the PSPS watch area will continue to receive updates through ongoing communications. Customers can use the interactive map at www.pacificpower.net/psps to see if they are located in a PSPS area.

Customers will receive a status update on the PSPS watch tomorrowSaturday, October 24 at 7 a.m.

For all non-emergency questions about the PSPS, customers and the public should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

Visit pacificpower.net/psps for additional information on Public Safety Power Shutoffs, wildfire safety and emergency preparedness.

Cold Temperatures Expected Later This Weekend

The wind event will bring much colder air to the region. Lows this weekend could fall into the teens.

Above: A look at the expected lows Monday morning at 5am.