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Brush fire near substation forces massive power outage in Salt Lake Valley

Brush Fire Power Outage
Posted at 3:41 PM, Jun 20, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY — A brush fire in West Valley City was connected to an outage that left thousands without power in the Salt Lake Valley Thursday afternoon.

According to Rocky Mountain Power, over 21,000 customers were without power as of 3:30 p.m., mainly in the western part of the valley. By 4:15 p.m. that number had fallen to just over 2,200 customers.

As of 8:00 p.m., the number of affected customers is down to 67.

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The company says they intentionally began the outage due to the fire outside the Parkway Substation. Once the fire was contained, Rocky Mountain Power worked with fire officials to turn the power back on, but a further timetable was no available.

Crews are currently assessing the substation for damage and working to isolate the issues to return power.

Brush Fire Power Outage
Brush fire seen outside Parkway Substation

Multiple traffic lights are currently out in the West Valley City area.

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