Power outages in Oregon could lessen the risk of a fire
Friday brought wildfire and power disruption threats beyond California. Due to heavy winds, Oregon intentionally cut electricity to tens of thousands of consumers
Local utilities cut electricity to prevent flames in dry, hot weather. Pacific Northwest power outages due to intense fire conditions are very new.
Friday raised concerns about the Cedar Creek Fire in central Oregon. We'll have extremely severe fire conditions through Saturday, a spokeswoman said, adding that the east winds are pushing the fire west.
In areas with high wildfire risk, utility providers perform a "Public Safety Power Shutoff." The website warned that downed power lines could start or fuel a wildfire.
More than 40,000 customers, including those in Portland's upscale West Hills district, may lose power by late Friday as 60 mph gusts and temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s hit some areas.
Schools in projected power loss zones cancelled lessons, and officials warned people to charge smartphones and be ready to flee.