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107 degrees with brownouts at the Mid-State Fair

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 20:48:09-04

 UPDATE (10:30 p.m.) – The Mid-State Fair released the following statement:The California Mid-State Fair experienced a brief and partial power failure this afternoon, July 24, affecting a handful of buildings and pavilions. The brief reduction in power lasted a little over an hour, from approximately 4:30 pm until 5:45 pm. CEO Michael Bradley said, ‘The safety of patrons and animals is our first priority, and our staff, along with PG&E, worked diligently and effectively to restore full power. We are also equipped with back-up generators and were prepared for the minor failure. In addition, tonight’s Main Grandstand show with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill went off without a hitch.’PG&E also released a statement via the Mid-State Fair:The safety and security of our customers, employees, contractors and communities is our top priority. High temperatures this evening in North County caused localized outages. Our crews responded safely and quickly restored electricity to the affected areas, including a partial outage that occurred at the Mid-State Fair. We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this may have caused. We are using the latest technology to receive accurate and timely outage data, and to restore power more quickly and efficiently. To help reduce load on the system and improve reliability during heat, PG&E encourages customers in affected areas to conserve energy.UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) – Fair spokesman Tom Keffury says it appears PG&E had a blown fuse on the street just outside fair property. Repair crews are on scene.ORIGINAL STORY – Visitors to the Mid-State Fair are experiencing scorching hot temperatures and power outages.KSBY News confirms rolling brownouts were taking place Tuesday evening at the Paso Robles Event Center as the temperature hit 107 degrees.Fair officials say they were able to shift power to livestock areas that need the fans the most."No place on the fairgrounds is 100 percent out. What we’re dealing with is brownout conditions which are spotty and intermittent, caused by excessive use of energy throughout the town," said fair spokesman Tom Keffury.PG&E is meeting with the fair’s head electrician to see what they can do to help."Our concern is the safety of our guests and our animals. To that extent, everything is running normally — the animals have their shade and the kids have their misters," Keffury said.The second concern is tonight’s main-stage concert featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill but Keffury said he anticipated no power problems because the fair has several backup generators.Crews hope to have cooler temperatures soon to restore power fully.