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Midvalley power outage caused by bird

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Tuesday’s power outage in the midvalley occurred when a bird got into some equipment at the Basalt substation, according to Holy Cross Energy.

“A bird got into some of our equipment resulting in electrical fault current that triggered the proper operation of some of the equipment protection devices,” the utility cooperative said.

Power was out in portions of Basalt, El Jebel, Missouri Heights, Blue Lake subdivision, up the Fryingpan Valley and the Capitol and Snowmass Creek valleys.

The power went out at about 9:35 a.m. and was restored to the majority of Holy Cross customers by 10:40 a.m., the company said. It is believed that all customers had power restored by 10:55 a.m.

It’s not the first time a power outage was caused by a bird in the midvalley. Ravens were blamed for outages on two consecutive days last summer. A raven was killed when it landed on equipment and triggered an outage. It is believed its mate came looking for it at the same spot the following day and met the same fate.

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