B.C. Hydro delivered diesel generating units Thursday to provide temporary power to about 1,000 customers who have been without electricity since Monday due to the Westside Road wildfire.
B.C. Hydro crews are currently working on integrating the units into the power system and hope to have the units running Friday.
“The temporary units will provide continuous electricity to the customers that are receiving power on a rotational basis and the La Casa subdivision,” states the utility.
“Customers directly in the fire zone will remain without power until B.C. Hydro is permitted access to the area impacted by the fire.”
Until the generating units are running, B.C. Hydro will continue to provide power on a rotating basis to customers.
There are three rotat.ions, each six hours long and providing power to 300 customers at a time. If system conditions permit, BC Hydro will add additional customers to these rotations.
“B.C. Hydro is asking impacted customers to minimize their power usage until the wildfire has been contained and we are able to fully repair our system. Please plug in and turn on only what is necessary,” states the utility.