Residents voice concerns after weekend fire

Eagle Point, Ore. — A scorched field is what’s left after a small fire in Eagle Point over the weekend. People there said it’s a result of a bigger problem.

The flames started in grass near Robert Trent Jones and Stevens Streets Saturday afternoon. Pacific Power said the fire was caused by a bird after it flew into a lightning arrester. The company said the utility poles in the area aren’t a hazard, but neighbors disagree.

A man, who doesn’t want his name published, said there have been four fires in the past three years because of utility pole problems. And there have been several problems in the past.

“One time several years ago the transformer blew up in the middle of the night,” he said. “I thought it was a car accident so I called police first and they said given that location it’s probably that transformer again.”

Pacific Power couldn’t tell us how many outages have happened in that area in the past, but said the pole will be redesigned and restructured.



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