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Fires spark near San Francisquito Creek, burning vegetation, transformer

Original post made on Jul 8, 2019

An initial report of a possible airplane crash at the Palo Alto Airport Monday morning turned out instead to be three electrical fires, two in East Palo Alto and one across San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm

3 fires sound suspicious.

Fireworks or powerlines?

Get powerlines underground.


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Posted by Golfer
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 8, 2019 at 8:17 pm

We were there and saw a part of it unfold, a tent flew into the air and hit the transformers...... the fires around the levee started from sparks created from explosions when the tent hit the wires.....


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2019 at 6:57 am

Did these cause power outages?


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Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 9, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Fr0hickey is a registered user.

With most of Palo Alto in a flood zone, is it a wise idea to put power lines underground?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2019 at 9:46 am

Posted by Golfer, a resident of Palo Verde

>> We were there and saw a part of it unfold, a tent flew into the air and hit the transformers...... the fires around the levee started from sparks created from explosions when the tent hit the wires.....

Just how windy was it? This sounds like a pretty interesting failure scenario. I've never heard anything quite like it. I wonder why breakers didn't protect the transformer better. Or, perhaps they did. Possibly the aluminum tent stays melted before the breakers tripped and set the tent fabric on fire? Good thing nobody was under the transformer/tent to get sprayed with molten aluminum. I wonder if the wind also caused the power line to go down (tree branch probably?)

I think this story is due an update.


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Posted by Golfer
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 10, 2019 at 9:52 pm

FYI - There were people under the wires..... it happened almost directly over the new bike path..... also, it wasn't really that windy.....


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