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Power outage in West Valley City

Power outage in West Valley City

WEST VALLEY CITY – Rocky Mountain Power reported a large amount of power outages near West Valley City Thursday afternoon.

According to Rocky Mountain Power, outages are spread throughout the city in individual outages. KSL has received reports that some street lights are out in this area, causing heavy traffic.

Parts of Salt Lake and South Salt Lake are also without power.

An RMP spokesman said a grass fire in West Valley City threatened the company’s substation and damaged one of its poles.

The company created an intentional outage due to established protocol to prevent further damage to equipment from the fire and said it helps customers in the long run. It can also prevent secondary fires from starting.

RMP said the power outage began at 3:06 p.m. and affected about 19,000 customers. The company reported that all power was restored at 4:13 p.m

The outage near Millcreek affected 2,000 customers. RMP said this outage was caused by a squirrel that got into power line breakers and is not related to the intentional outage in West Valley City.

This story is breaking and will be updated with more information.