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Tree cut during fuel reduction caused outage

Staff reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A tree cut by a Tahoe Resource Conservation District crew for the California Tahoe Conservancy caused a power outage that affected about 3,200 homes in South Lake Tahoe Wednesday night.

District crews were working on a fuel reductions project on Roger Avenue when they cut a tree that hit a main power line about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Power was returned to most customers by 9:35 p.m. Wednesday.

“You’d like people to be a little more careful when they’re cutting trees down,” said Randy Kelly, business manager for Liberty Energy’s South Lake Tahoe division. “That probably happens every year, a fallen tree causes some problems this.”

Kelly also encourages people to call 1-800-782-2506 to talk to Liberty Energy before taking on a project that could affect power lines.

The conservancy is looking into the situation around the outage, said Shawn Butler, land management program supervisor for the California Tahoe Conservancy.

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“There are always inherent risks in any operation and trees don’t always fall where you want them to go,” Butler said. “We are continuing to investigate the situation.”