Monday, May 29, 2023

Tree Falls in Fort Bragg Blocking Road, Downing Electrical Lines—Nearly 1,000 Residents Lose Power

PG&E lineman restoring power after the Hopkins Fire in 2021 [Picture by Matt LaFever]

Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicate a tree has fallen near 18520 Old Coast Highway in Fort Bragg blocking the roadway, downing powerlines, and affecting multiple utility poles in the immediate area.

[Screenshot from the PG&E Power Outage map]

There are power outages in the area as seen on the PG&E outage map causing nearly 1,000 residents currently be without power.

PG&E is on scene and has released Fort Bragg Fire Department personnel. Mendocino County roads have been requested to remove the fallen tree.

UPDATE 3:53 p.m.: Mendocino County roads will be closing Old Coast Highway until tomorrow when they predict the tree can be successfully removed.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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