Power Restoration Efforts Underway After Panhandle Wildfire Downed Transmission Lines

 

PERRYTON, TX — The recent wildfires in the Texas Panhandle have severely impacted electricity distribution in the region. North Plains Electric Co-Op, the area’s primary electricity provider, has reported that approximately 115 miles of electrical transmission lines require rebuilding. Consequently, scattered power outages have been reported, primarily affecting residents in Hemphill County.

Line crews have already been mobilized to address the situation, but the projected completion date for the restoration efforts is estimated to be March 6th, indicating about a week's time frame for resolution. Fortunately, support is pouring in from six electricity co-ops, including Lamb County Electric Co-Op and Swisher Electric Co-Op, to expedite the repair process.

In addition to professional assistance, volunteers have been actively contributing to relief efforts by providing hay for livestock, water, and operating food trucks throughout the affected areas. The community's response reflects a sense of unity reminiscent of the aftermath of the June 16 tornado. Despite the devastation caused by the wildfire, the collective effort towards cleanup, care, and relief remains robust and encouraging.

The Smokehouse Creek Fire, the largest in the region north of Borger has expanded this afternoon by 350,000 more acres, to 850,000 acres burned. Texas A&M Forest Service estimates it is only 3% contained.

The Windy Deuce Fire in Moore County has grown to an estimated 142,000 acres and is 30% contained as of 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2024. Evacuations for this fire remain in place. Firefighters continue to engage in structure protection and build line with dozers.

The status of the Panhandle Wildfires as of Feb 29, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

The status of the Panhandle Wildfires as of Feb 29, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.

The Windy Deuce Fire in Moore County has grown to an estimated 142,000 acres and is 30% contained as of 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2024. Evacuations for this fire remain in place. Firefighters continue to engage in structure protection and build line with dozers.

The Windy Deuce Fire in Moore County has grown to an estimated 142,000 acres and is 30% contained as of 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2024. Evacuations for this fire remain in place. Firefighters continue to engage in structure protection and build line with dozers. 
 

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