Power shutoffs underway in Portland area amid fire risk

PGE cut the power in hopes of reducing the risk of wildfires with conditions so extreme.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The wind began to pick up in the hills of Northwest Portland early Friday afternoon. It explained Portland General Electric’s decision to conduct public safety power shutoffs across the area.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” Eric Reddy said.

Reddy is a server at the popular Skyline Restaurant. It had to close early Friday due to the power shutoffs. The lost business is one thing, the food is the another. The restaurant received three shipments Thursday.

“I might go out and get a generator if there

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