Collision causes electrical outages, fires in Pinedale

(Pinedale, Wyo.) - A collision reported at 11:40 a.m. on February 3, between a passenger vehicle and a power pedestal in the 400 block of County Club Lane, just east of the golf course in Pinedale, caused a series of small electrical fires, smoke, and/or the odor of burnt electrical wires in several of the nearby homes. Residents were evacuated and personnel from Sublette County Unified Fire worked on clearing the homes of fire. Sublette County Sheriff’s Office personnel were also on scene to block the roadways and Emergency Management Coordinator, James Mitchell, was working with town and county resources to provide assistance to residents. By 6:45 p.m. , Rocky Mountain Power had restored electric to the main power meter, though residents were asked to not turn the power back on to their homes without the assistance of an electrician, due to potential electrical fire risk. Just prior to electric being restored to the main power source, SCSO Captain Wes Johnston was asking residents to enter their homes and ensure that water was left running in their kitchens and bathrooms, due to the below freezing temperatures. Any resident needing further assistance is asked to contact the on-scene emergency personnel, or contact the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, 307-367-4378. #buckrail #news