Strong winds played a role in numerous power outages across Northeast Michigan, and was likely the cause of a minor fire extinguished by Alpena Township Fire Department on Friday.
The fire began at around 5:45 p.m. when some tree branches touching a power line caught fire, Capt. Ken Piper said. Hesaid a passing driver called 911. The tree was located across from Goodrich Trucking on Werth Road. After burning through the branches, the fire mostly went out on its own. Alpena Power Company crews were notified, although Piper said he was unaware of any outage caused by the incident.
Carl Peters, director of electric and gas operations for Presque Isle Electric & Gas Cooperative, said there were about 2,670 customers without power due to winds as of 9 p.m. Friday throughout the utility's coverage area. This includes Presque Isle County, most of Montmorency and Cheboygan counties, and parts of Alcona, Alpena, Emmet, Oscoda, Otsego counties.
While Peters wasn't sure when all customers would see electricity restored, he said crews were making good progress.
"Hopefully it won't be too long a duration," he said. "We have all the crews working."