Franklin PUD, working with Benton PUD and Big Bend Power, has replaced 25 power poles after restoring power and phone service to the fire-ravaged Kahlotus area.
A more than 5,000-acre fire that broke out Sunday caused Kahlotus residents to lose power and phone service. Power was back on for residents about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and phone service was restored Wednesday morning, said Debbie Bone-Harris, public affairs manager at Franklin PUD.
The deep, rocky ravines could have made these installs harder, Bone-Harris said.
“We were pretty amazed at how fast those guys put up new power poles,” she said.
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Overall, 25 poles had to be replaced, 15 of which were transmission lines that carried a larger amount of power from Bonneville Power Administration.
The other 10 lines were for distribution, which gets power into homes and businesses, Bone-Harris said.