Glendale, CA – August 31, 2017, Fire Chief Greg Fish reported a house fire in the 900 block of Cleveland. There was collateral fires to nearby trees and a vehicle. Initial reports indicate pack rat conditions within the home. The condition inside the home was extreme heat from the fire coupled with hot weather outside. Teams are being rotated to rehab and provide new air tanks. Foam being utilized. GWP on scene dealing with power outage in area and GPD was on scene for traffic control.
The house fire spread to the power lines, and power was rerouted. About 100 homes in the area was down for a short period. Infrastructure was not that impacted, however the fire caused a couple of outages at water pump stations. GWP staff was on the spot and the breakers reset so water flow was restored.
The fire took out the Kellogg / Western number one line that caused a large system bump. The area lost 40 MW of energy, no stations were disabled, but because of the bump, thousands of people may have had their main breaker trip off. GWP crews were standing by. Fires were knocked down at 1542 hours and the pole fires are out . GWP started restoring power.
One firefighter was transported to the hospital for heat exhaustion.
There was another fire just after in the La Crescenta area where a traffic signal box caught fire causing additional outages. GFD got the fire out and GWP as in the house fire, got power back up to the residents and businesses in short order. GWP reports the demand for power on the afternoon of August 31, 2017 broke a decade old record.