Power Pole Fire Knocks Out Service In Ephrata

A number of Grant County PUD customers south of Ephrata lost electricity Monday afternoon when a power pole caught fire. According to the PUD it happened around noontime and most customers were back on line within two hours. According to the PUD power pole fires are a fairly common occurence when moisture arrives after a period of dryness because that can cause the poles to electrify and smolder. No injuries were reported.