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Grant PUD investigating fires at Priest Rapids Dam

Dam operations will be modified during investigation


Grant PUD is investigating equipment fires at Priest Rapids Dam. - PUD photo

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. Monday, the PUD said in a press release.

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...

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