Update: PSE completes restoration of fire-damaged transmission lines

Crews from Puget Sound Energy (PSE) have restored and reenergized an eight-mile stretch of 230-kV transmission line that was taken out of service by the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash.

The Cascade-Rocky Reach line and approximately 40 structures were damaged when the fire broke out overnight on Aug. 13. The line, which runs west from the mid-Columbia River hydro projects to bring power over the Cascade Mountains into the Puget Sound region, was reenergized at approximately 10:30 p.m. Aug. 25, a PSE spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Aug. 29.

Crews had previously restored the 115-kV Intermountain-Pacific transmission line that was also damaged and taken out of service by the fire. The two facilities are the major lines that serve PSE’s load in Kittitas County, Wash.

In addition to rebuilding the lines, crews had to build roads to access the affected areas, as some of the areas were quite rugged, the spokesperson said.

Most of the eight, six-person line crews that were among numerous state, county and municipal personnel working to contain the fire and deal with its effects have returned to their normal duties.

A few crews from outside the area remain in eastern Washington to tag the new power poles and place them into inventory, though most of that work is done by local crews, the spokesperson said.

PSE is a subsidiary of Puget Energy, which is a subsidiary of Puget Holdings LLC.