POWER pole fires are suspected as the cause of widespread power blackouts around the region over the weekend.
More than 3000 homes and businesses were left without power during two major outages.
On Friday 585 customers lost power at 11.20pm and the last customer wasn’t restored until 1.08pm Saturday.
Powercor spokesman Drew Douglas said the situation worsened at 3.57am on Sunday when 2700 customers lost power.
“The last customer from that outage went back on at 8.08pm,” he said.
“Some would have come back on progressively during that time, but that was the last customer.”
Three high voltage wooden cross arms caught fire, causing the outages, and had to be replaced.
It was a busy weekend for the power company with major outages across the state caused by power pole fires.
Mr Douglas said it was a seasonal issue.
“When we’ve had a long period of hot, dry weather then get some light misty rain the dust collects in our high voltage insulators and the cross arms get wet, creating a path for electricity,” he said.
“What is supposed to be an insulator becomes a conductor.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 18, 2014