More than 1,680 Pacific Gas and Electric customers were without electricity Monday morning from Jacksonville Road to Moccasin and Groveland due to outages first reported at 7:48 a.m., according to customers in Bog Oak Flat and the utility.

Workers for PG&E were investigating the cause of the outage and a squirrel and a utility pole on fire were the apparent cause. 

“The outage was caused by a squirrel,” PG&E spokesperson Brandi Merlo said after 10 a.m. “It crossed phased some equipment and started a pole fire. The fire was contained to the pole, which will have to be replaced. We have a helicopter flying the impacted lines to ensure no further damage or issues with the lines and will begin restoration shortly. Approximately 31 customers will remain out while the pole is replaced.”

A PG&E outages map showed an orange triangle stretching from outside Jamestown to east of Groveland and Pine Mountain Lake. Businesses in Chinese Camp and Buck Meadows were not affected by the outages as of 10 a.m.


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