OCEC on Alert with Forecasted High Winds–04/9/19
The National Weather Service is predicting potentially damaging winds tonight and Wednesday for the southern and eastern part of New Mexico. Strong winds combined with single-digit humidity and dry fuels will produce critical fire weather.
With the predicted weather, OCEC will put fire prevention procedures into effect. Reclosers will be set to non-reclose so breakers operate and lines stay open at the first sign of a fault to help reduce the risk of a fire being started by electrical equipment. This precautionary measure will rely more heavily on line patrol by operations personnel and less on automated equipment. What does that mean for OCEC members? Electric outages may last longer and more members could be affected. We ask for everyone’s patience when the longer outages occur, but hope you understand that the benefits of the extra patrol time far outweigh the risks.
For additional information or to report an outage, please call 1-800-548-4660.