July 10, 2017 – Crews from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) have restored power to more than half of the homes that lost power due to the Wall Fire in Butte County.

Cal Fire gave PG&E permission today to access more of the burn area so crews can replace about 35 burned poles and power lines to restore power to 288 homes in and near the Wall Fire, which began Friday. About 800 homes lost power as PG&E de-energized power lines for firefighter safety or fire-damaged poles.

Today about 50 PG&E personnel are replacing burned poles near Forbestown Road and Olive Highway, with the remainder replaced once fire areas can be safely accessed.

Throughout the weekend, PG&E crews pre-treated more than 400 wooden poles with fire retardant and re-energized areas once it was safe to do so. PG&E made repairs and restored power to homes along Swedes Flat Road on Sunday.

The Wall Fire began on Friday afternoon east of Oroville and has burned more than 5,600 acres and is 35 percent contained.