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Thick smoke from the Gap Fire has overwhelmed a primary line...

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 COMMENT 11842 helpful negative off topic

2008-07-02 11:40 PM

Power came on in Goleta at 11:30p.m. and went out around 7:00 p.m. Anyone know how smoke can overwhelm a power line?


 COMMENT 11842 helpful negative off topic

2008-07-02 11:44 PM

Heard from others that power went out all the way from Carpinteria to Goleta at one point. SB was out from 7 pm to 7:40.


 COMMENT 11849 helpful negative off topic

2008-07-03 01:09 AM



 COMMENT 11893 helpful negative off topic

2008-07-03 01:50 PM

The way it was explained to me was that the dense smoke clouds have enough carbon to create a sort of "floating wire" between the power lines allowing electricity to travel thus causing a short. It reminded me of the story of the trolly driver who attempted to put out an electrical fire by peeing on it and was electrocuted because the "stream" carried the current back to him.


 COMMENT 11934 helpful negative off topic

2008-07-04 04:00 AM

peeing on it and was electrocuted



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