7 July 2004

How vulnerable the Valley's power supply is

Power shortage in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Residents and businesses can brace themselves for weeks - maybe months - of voluntary power conservation and possible blackouts as a result of a massive fire at a power substation near Sun City.

And those raging wildfires may knock out other supply lines.

Wildfires are threatening two other key transmission lines that supply the Valley. The "Jacket" fire near Flagstaff and the "Willow" fire near Payson both have lines in their paths.

Today is the average start date of the monsoon in Arizona so hopefully rain is on the way. But then again, monsoom storms can bring dry lightning too.

State route 87, south of Payson, closed due to the Willow fire.