Dry weather and wind causing outages, accidents, fires across Oregon


by KGW.com Staff


Posted on October 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 9:12 PM

PORTLAND - Firefighters, tree trimmers and electrical crews kept busy Friday as winds toppled trees and power lines around the Portland area.

Wind caused a large tree to snap and fall across Highway 99E at the Clackamas River Bridge between Oregon City and Gladstone.Two vehicles were damaged and the roadway was closed for an hour, but no one was injured.

Police closed Barbur Boulevard near Terwilliger after a tree fell on a transformer, causing a fire.

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A two-alarm brush fire broke out on Hayden Island near North Interstate Avenue shortly before 2 p.m.

Portland General Electric reported several thousand customers were without power from Milwaukie to Beaverton Friday.

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Clackamas County College in Oregon City canceled classes and activities Friday after the power went out. No injuries were reported.

PGE said all outages were wind-related. On Thursday, crews restored power to more than 2,700 customers in Northeast Portland after a downed tree took out a power line.

Tree experts say  when there's less moisture in the wood and fibers, trees are not as flexible and more receptive to wind, ice and snow damage.

KGW Reporter Keely Chalmers contributed to this report