Amid Heat Wave, Fire Causes Power Failure for Part of Los Angeles
A fire at night in the water and power department of Los Angeles has forced officials to remove power to about 140,000 residents of the city, leaving them without air conditioning for about 12 hours during a record wave of hot.
The fire, which broke out at a receiving station in northern Los Angeles, Northridge, burned intensely in equipment and around high voltage, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Columns of smoke crossed the San Fernando Valley, while firefighters worked for about two hours to extinguish the flame, he said.
The fire left the network operators more remedy than to turn off the power so that the crews can extinguish the flames.
Authorities said in a statement Saturday that the power transmission system in the northern part of the city “was greatly disturbed by the fire and subsequent failure.
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Once the fire went out, the teams worked overnight and were restored
Service through the affected parts of the city from 6 to 8 hours on Sunday, said the Department of Water and power in Los Angeles in a statement. Utility said the blackout started around 18:55 Saturday.
The power outage could hardly have been worse for the Los Angeles sufferers per day in a heat wave that has reached new heights Saturday.
Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, Calif., Said downtown Los Angeles had a temperature of 98 Saturday, beating a 95-day record for which it was created in 1886.
Records elsewhere decades were almost up to Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, near where the fire occurred, reached 112, recording a record of 1985.
“Everyone complains that we get in touch,” said M. Humphrey.
High temperatures contributed to a dozen fires throughout California, authorities said, and experts.
The most important is the Alamo Fire 19 000 acres in San Luis Obispo County, which contains only 10% said Lynnette Ronda, the spokeswoman for the Forest Department and Fire Protection in California.
Another fire in Butte County, northern California, has forced some mandatory evacuations, according to the ministry.
California was soaked by the rain this winter after suffering years of drought. Experts in meteorology and fire said the precipitation left behind the brush and the foliage facilitate the expansion of the fires quickly.