Avista customers lose power briefly in Moscow

MOSCOW, ID - Friday morning's rain storm on the Palouse started a pole fire in Moscow that left more than 2,000 Avista customers without power.

The outage happened at about 8:30 Friday morning, and almost all power was restored by noon, but about 2,300 people in the eastern part of town were affected. According to Avista, these fires typically happen when it rains after a long period a of dry weather because dust builds up on the wooden poles.

"Heavy rains, and probably some dust accumulating on that, and ultimately it led to a slow simmer, and then flashed up into a fire," said Avista Utilities Regional Business Manager Paul Kimmell.

Luckily, the fire did not spread to the surrounding area. Avista crews patched up the pole with pieces of metal to repair it temporarily, but it will probably need to be replaced eventually.