Credit: Mike Bungenstock
SCE crews gather for a meeting before making repairs after the Holy Fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

Credit: Mike Bungenstock
SCE crews repair poles above Lake Elsinore after the Holy Fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

Credit: Mike Bungenstock
Lake Elsinore residents show support for SCE crews working to restore power after the Holy Fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

SCE Crews Restore Power After Holy Fire

The work often requires airlifting power poles and materials to crews in the steep, mountainous terrain.

  • By Mary Ann Milbourn
  • August 17, 2018

The Holy Fire began in south Orange County’s Holy Jim Canyon on Aug. 6 and quickly burned through the Cleveland National Forest into Riverside County.

As soon as fire authorities said it was safe to enter the burn area, Southern California Edison crews got to work replacing power poles and wire that had been damaged.

A helicopter often was needed to airlift power poles and materials to crews working on the steep mountainsides high above Lake Elsinore.  In other cases, cranes were called in to do the heavy lifting.

Holy Fire Restoration

SCE repair crews gather for briefing before setting poles by helicopter after the Holy Fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

Holy Fire Restoration

SCE crews prepare to use a crane to set a power pole in area burned by the Holy Fire. Credit: Troy Whitman

Holy Fire Restoration

Helicopter lifts power pole to be set by SCE crews following the Holy fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

Holy Fire Restoration

SCE crews work high above Lake Elisnore to repair power poles after the Holy Fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

Holy Fire Restoration

A crane removes damaged pole as SCE crews make repairs after the Holy Fire. Credit: Mike Bungenstock

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