Jasper preparing for ‘extended’ power outage as Chetamon Mountain wildfire plays havoc with transmission lines

By Jonny Wakefield
Edmonton Journal
September 5, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Visitors and residents in Jasper should be prepared for “extended” power outages as crews continue to battle the Chetamon Mountain wildfire, the town’s mayor said Monday. Parks Canada officials and ATCO crews were switching to generator power to keep critical sites including the hospital and water treatment facilities running after losing power from the main transmission lines around 4 a.m., Richard Ireland said in a news conference Monday. The town itself was under no direct threat from the fire — which is burning about 15 km north of the townsite — and officials were not considering evacuation. However, Ireland said it is still too soon to say how long the town will be without power. …“I don’t know how long ‘extended’ might be, and we don’t know yet all of the capacity issues. So even when power is restored, it may not be possible to restore power to all the facilities accessed by the ATCO grid,” he said.

Additional coverage in City News Everywhere, by Alejandro Melgar, ‘Out of control’ wildfire grows to nearly 8,000 hectares, power out in Jasper

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