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Bird causes morning power outage

Roman Gokhman

An errant bird that flew into some power lines in Lake of The Pines Sunday morning caused 4,600 residents in western Nevada County to temporarily lose power.

At about 8 a.m., the bird got between two connectors on a PG&E pole in Lake of the Pines. That caused a small spot fire, which was put out by residents, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

A circuit breaker in the Grass Valley substation turned off, according to PG&E, and residents and businesses lost power for at least 15 minutes. Areas affected by the power outage included LOP and other communities along Highway 49, as well as the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office on Highway 49; The Grass Valley Emergency Command Center on Loma Rica Drive, and the Brunswick Basin.

Most residents saw their power return by 10:45 a.m.

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