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Rain causes pole fires, power outages around Spokane

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More than 2,000 Avista customers lost power overnight Friday. More than 2,000 Avista customers lost power overnight Friday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The storm that rolled through late Friday caused various power outages around Spokane and surrounding areas overnight. Some of them were from pole fires.

Avista Utilities called in 10 crews to work on the outages, and approximately 2,200 customers lost power. Pole fires can happen after an extended dry period is followed by rain.

People know all too well about how hot and dry it’s been.

“We’re very happy to have the rain,” says Robyn O’Connor. “It’s been, I don’t know, since April or so since we’ve had a good rainy day.”

Avista says there are different ways pole fires can happen, like from humid weather or from cracks or lightning damage. They say poles that have been damaged usually need to be replaced.

Crews continue to work Saturday to restore power in the area.

If you would like more information about the power outages, you can go to this link: https://www.avistautilities.com/safety/outages/_layouts/avista/transactions/ViewOutages.aspx

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