Power restored in Fort Nelson after thousands spend day without it
Power line technicians are seen in this undated photo shared by BC Hydro. (BC Hydro/Twitter)
FORT ST. JOHN -- Power is restored for those affected by the widespread power outage in Fort Nelson, Prophet River and First Nations in the area.
Around 3,700 customers were without power from 10:30 a.m. on Thursday to 8:15 this morning.
A forest fire in Rainbow Lake, Alberta cut the power grid for residents while smoke and ash from other fires in the area shut down the natural gas generating station.
The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality took in those with medical conditions and vulnerable populations that required power overnight. The municipality says it was important to do so to ensure the ambulance and core services were functioning.
B.C. Hydro has ordered replacement parts for the station’s air filtration system to prevent another shutdown. B.C. Hydro says they may have to conduct a planned outage, but will notify customers beforehand.