DENVER (KDVR) – Despite being hundreds of miles away, the Coloradans who live in the highlands and the San Luis Valley will feel the impact of the Boulder wildfires in their own homes.
According to a press release from Xcel Energy, the wildfires impacted the company’s natural gas infrastructure. To reduce pressure on the system, the company is implementing controlled power outages in Summit, Grand, Lake, Eagle, Saguache, Rio Grande and Alamosa counties until Thursday evening.
No further outages are expected in Mountain Parks Electric’s service area in Grand County, according to the local sheriff’s office.
The outages are expected to last about an hour each. Xcel Energy is asking customers in Summit and Grand counties to conserve natural gas during this period.
At present, Xcel Energy is still evaluating whether it is safe to return to its facilities and restore service to normal.
The company is asking customers in these regions to prepare for controlled outages by turning off electronics and appliances. You can find more energy saving tips here.
Xcel Energy has shut down natural gas services to Superior and Louisville customers to minimize safety concerns.
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