MAYER, Ariz. - Crews with the Arizona Public Service (APS) repaired damage left behind by the Goodwin Fire Thursday.
From just more than 3,000 customers down to 104, APS worked around the clock to get things back up and running for communities affected by the Goodwin Fire.
It looked like a rover on the moon, but it was the Arizona landscape as an APS truck made its way across what the flames left behind.
APS Northwest Division Manager Steve Quinn said his crews worked in hazardous situations.
“There’s sharp rocks, there’s holes in the ground where there were roots that burnt down,” Quinn said.
Four poles used for transmissions lines were burnt to a crisp by the flames in part of Poland Junction, east of State Route 69.
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Quinn said steel was not an option here because poles usually had to be made of wood in rural areas.
“Typically, if we can get a truck to a pole, it’s going to be a steel pole, but because these are in terrain like this we may have to have linemen that come climb the pole,” Quinn said.
Quinn said while working in this hazardous terrain, these employees geared up with personal protective equipment (PPE) and were limited to 15-hour shifts, which included transportation time.
Quinn said though his crews worked hard, it wouldn’t be possible to repair the damage done without everyone pulling together.
“Even though it’s a tragic event, they’ve done a great job of trying to pull things together. It’s a really good community,” Quinn said.
APS crews had to wait until it was safe to enter the areas still on fire, so that they could assess the damage and fully restore power to all their customers.