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Bushfire Sparks Power Blackout

Bushfire Sparks Power Blackout
Fiji Electricity Authority works to fix the damaged power lines. Photo: FEA
August 30
10:24 2015

A bushfire in Tavua yesterday morning resulted in a power outage to the districts of Tavua, Vatukoula, Nadarivatu and Rakiraki.

The fire caught on to four wooden power poles which resulted in the damage to the transmission lines.

Fiji Electricity Authority has confirmed the incident stating that the 33,000-volt transmission line from Ba to Vatukoula tripped.

Excavators were hired to clear access roads to reach the affected pole sites and repair teams have commenced work onsite.

The authority is trying to restore the power supply by as early as today.

Teams were mobilised to organise material and equipment for the replacement of these burned out power poles.

Authority chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel is requesting the assistance and co-operation of all customers who live along the sugar cane belt areas to take precautionary measures when lighting up fires.

“Uncontrolled cane fires are the prime cause of damage to the wooden power poles. Apart from being dangerous and life threatening, such fires cause unwanted power interruptions to our valued customers,” Mr Patel said.

“Customers are kindly requested not to burn cane or rubbish near the FEA power poles. Anyone causing damages to the power poles as a result of burning cane or rubbish will be charged according to the law.”

At this stage, it is uncertain how the fire started and the National Fire Authority chief executive officer has said he was unaware of this matter.

Meanwhile the FEA has sincerely apologised to its affected customers in the areas for the inconvenience caused.

Customers are reminded to call 132333 or 913 to report a fire near or around FEA power poles.



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