Power out after fire at Sierra Conservation Center

By Union Democrat staff June 02, 2014 08:51 am

A vegetation fire near Sierra Conservation Center west of Jamestown has been contained, but more than 2,300 Copperopolis and Jamestown residents are still without power.

The fire was reported about 8:30 a.m. It was caused by two blown transformers and a downed power line on prison grounds, prison spokesman Lt. Robert Kelsey said.


Firefighters from Sierra Conservation Center’s Baseline Conservation Camp and Cal Fire responded and contained the fire by 9:30 a.m., according to Kelsey.

The prison lost power for about 45 minutes until emergency generators kicked in, Kelsey said.

Inmates were recalled, and an emergency count was taken. Inmate programs were postponed, and inmate movement was limited, according to Kelsey.

The power outage is affecting 2,369 Copperopolis and Jamestown-area residents, said PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno.

PG&E was on prison grounds working as of 10 a.m., Kelsey said.