A downed wire in an oil field south of King City was the cause of a power outage that affected parts of San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties Monday, PG&E officials confirm to KSBY News.
A power pole fell over Sunday night near Sargent Canyon Rd. in San Ardo around 10 p.m., PG&E reported Monday night. That took out power to 1,865 customers in southern Monterey and northern San Luis Obispo counties. Some of the areas affected were Camp Roberts, Bradley, Bryson-Hesperia, Bradley, Heritage Ranch, Oak Shores and other communities around Lake Nacimiento.
"Due to access issues, it's taking longer than anticipated to make the necessary repairs to the pole," said Karly Hernandez, a PG&E spokesperson. She added 20 employees were working on fixing the pole.
Customers who relied on that pole's line for power were transferred to various circuits. This led to several smaller outages of 30 minutes to two hours due to an increase in the load size on those other circuits. Affected customers were switched to other circuits. The heat played a factor in some of the smaller outages, Hernandez said, as heat further increases the load.
The utility said it is still investigating what caused the pole to fall.
A fire near Nacimiento Dam was impacting customers as well. PG&E said they had to de-energize lines in the area for safety reasons.
PG&E says the outage began shortly after 2:00 a.m. and initially affected about 1,800 customers. Power was restored to all but one customer by 1:15 p.m.
PG&E described three of the affected customers as "critical and essential." Two are reportedly SLO and Monterey County facilities and the other was the San Miguel Joint Unified School District.
District officials confirmed to KSBY that Cappy Culver Elementary was without power Monday morning, but only a handful of students were at the school and the situation was being monitored to ensure the safety of the students.