Xcel will cut power to 55,000 customers due to high winds and fire danger

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By journalsofus.com

Xcel will shut off power to 55,000 Colorado customers in six counties for more than 24 hours on Saturday, citing the dangerous wind conditions and wildfires risks this weekend.

Some of the power company’s customers in Boulder, Gilpin, Larimer, Douglas, Broomfield and Jefferson counties will see planned outages starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and continuing through noon Sunday. according to a news release from Xcel.

Xcel provides electricity and natural gas to 1.6 million customers throughout Colorado, including cities and towns.

Traffic lights may also be off, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office the X. Treat the lights as a four-way stop.

Outages may last beyond Sunday because crews have to physically inspect power lines before turning them back on, Xcel said in the statement.

“Customers using medical equipment that relies on electrical service should take steps to prepare for extended outages,” the statement states. “The temporary power outage is intended to prevent our electrical system from becoming the source of a wildfire.”

xcel faces hundreds of lawsuits after investigators concluded that one of the company’s power lines helped spark the wind-driven Marshall Fire in Boulder County in 2021; the utility has disputed that conclusion.

Even with the planned cuts, the High winds can damage electrical equipment. and cause additional disruptions, Xcel said. Outages caused by these winds may be more frequent and longer lasting than normal.

Xcel customers can check current outages online after 3 p.m.

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