October 23, 2007 / 1:26 AM / 13 years ago

U.S. Pacific NW DC Tie-Line shut due Calif. fires

LOS ANGELES, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Bonneville Power Administration’s major direct-current transmission line into California and Los Angeles was shut on Monday night due to fires that threatened the line, said officials with the BPA and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The lines were shut as a precaution as fires in Southern California were near, said a spokeswoman for the LADWP.

The line went down just after 4 p.m. on Monday but apparently did not sustain any damage and was shut as a cautionary measure, said a market player.

The DC Tie-Line runs from near The Dalles in Oregon to Southern California. It normally carries about 3,000 megawatts of power but had been operating at diminished capacity in the hours before Monday’s shutdown.

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