Record-setting Heat Not Suspected As the Cause of City Power Outage

(Gillette, Wyo.) On Saturday afternoon, many were surprised to find themselves in the dark. A massive power outage shut down the city around 1:45 p.m. The Department of Electrical Services was mobilized and restored power by 3 p.m. They do not believe the outage was weather related or a power overload, but it is being investigated as equipment failure. "We have plenty of room to grow our system," said Communications Manager Geno Palazzari, "but [Electrical Services] are sure that it was not due to overload." There was an additional smaller outage later on Saturday night, and that was determined to be storm related. There were outages to about 60 homes west of Highway 59 and east of City Hall while Electrical Services repaired the problem. This weekend the Campbell County Fire Department responded to several grass fires. One on Saturday on Clarkelen Road was contained to 5 acres and was reportedly ignited by electrical lines in the area, while a 1.6 acre fire was started on Highway 14/16 by a lightning strike. On Sunday, a grass fire on Svalina Road was also caused by arcing electrical power lines. CCFD also responded to several calls Saturday of smoke from a fire, only to find it was dust that had been kicked up during the storm. #county17 #news