Power outage at Nevada County Fair; Firefighters knock down half-acre fire (VIDEO)
It was lights out at the Nevada County Fair Friday night, due to a power outage that PG&E reported as impacting 1,470 customers in the Grass Valley area.
At the same time, Grass Valley firefighters jumped on a small blaze near the Northstar Mining Museum, right down McCourtney Road, at Allison Ranch Road, from the fairgrounds.
The outage occurred at approximately 8:25 p.m. Friday.
An outage map at PGE.com shows the outage affecting customers in south Grass Valley. PG&E assigned a crew to assess the outage, including the cause. Estimated time of restoration is 11:30 p.m.
Firefighters battled a small fire in the area, near the mining museum, but quickly got it under control.
Fairgrounds officials told attendees to leave, once it became clear that power would not soon be restored. Large crowds leaving the fair at the same time led to long lines of people, and cars, exiting.
The Union’s Elias Funez was live at the scene of the fire and the Nevada County Fair, which was partially dark — a generator-powered midway kept the carnival and rides alive during the outage.
Check back for more on this developing story.
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