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Grant PUD investigating exciter fires at Priest Rapids Dam

Dam operations will be modified during investigation

 

Grant PUD

Priest Rapids Dam

EPHRATA – Priest Rapids Dam operators extinguished a small fire in equipment called an exciter, which provides energy to start up one of the generating units, shortly after 1 a.m. today.

The fire affected Unit No. 7 at Priest Rapids Dam. On Oct. 3, there was a similar fire in the exciter for Unit No. 1. In both situations, dam operators – using methods learned during training – were able to extinguish the fires promptly, keeping them isolated to the cabinets that house the exciter equipment.

Grant PUD staff and the manufacturer of the equipment are investigating the cause of both fi...



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