THUNDER BAY – News – Power has been out in Cat Lake First Nation, Slate Falls, Pickle Lakes, and Mishkeegogamang First Nation for almost a week. The outage has been caused by a forest fire near Ear Falls which destroyed the power lines. The latest word from Hydro One is that they expect to have power restored to the communities by Monday, the 18th of July.
A stretch of 80 hydro poles was destroyed by the devastating forest fire in Northwestern Ontario, 90 kilometres north of Ear Falls. The flames caused severe damage to a section of Hydro One’s transmission line. Power is expected to be restored this weekend, following several days of intensive restoration efforts by more than 80 Hydro One lines staff and support personnel.
“We expect to restore power to the rebuilt line section earlier than expected, following tremendous effort from Hydro One crews and from the Ministry of Natural Resource’s fire suppression support, as well as support from the surrounding communities,” said Gordon Caul, Distribution Superintendant for provincial lines in Northwestern Ontario.
Hydro One crews worked closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources to ensure the safety of all personnel. Reconstruction began on Wednesday, July 13, and 80 lines staff and support personnel continue to work tirelessly to rebuild a 13 km line of hydro poles which were damaged or destroyed by the fire.
Power is expected to be restored before Monday to all 630 Hydro One customers, barring any changes in the wind or weather.