More than 1,000 customers without power Monday
by Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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High winds were the reason for the loss of power to 1,555 Tracy customers Monday night, according to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials.

“We did have reports of three (power) lines that came down,” PG&E spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt said. “We do believe it was the wind.”

About 200 PG&E customers were without electrical power between 10 p.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday, Liebelt said. Electricity was cut off from an additional 1,300 households and businesses at 10:15 p.m. and restored to the last member of that group at 9:15 Tuesday morning. A third group of 45 lost power at 1 a.m. and had regained it by 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Fallen power lines were reported throughout the city, Liebelt said, including on Lammers, Bethany and Grant Line roads.

One of the downed lines reportedly ignited a grass fire north of the city, near the former Holly Sugar plant on the 21000 block of South Corral Hollow Road, fire officials said. Tracy police helped close the roadway near Larch Road.

According to Tracy Fire Department Division Chief Steve Hanlon, firefighters were called to a grass fire at Arbor Avenue and North MacArthur Drive at 10:15 p.m., but they were delayed in putting out the fire because of the danger that fallen power lines might have electrically charged the fence surrounding the property.

“We don’t like to spray water when there is energized lines around,” Hanlon said.

Firefighters called PG&E and waited until the electricity was turned off before extinguishing the half-acre grass fire.

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