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Summit County power outage caused by bird

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FRISCO – For the third time since Feb. 15, Xcel experienced a power outage in Frisco – this time it was caused by a raven getting into a substation transformer. The power outage started around 11:15 a.m. and lasted about an hour.

According to Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz, today’s outage was “bad luck” caused by totally different circumstances from February’s outages, but at the same location – the substation in Frisco.

Outages on Feb. 15 and 16 were caused by ice built up on insulators.

“Electric systems are designed to shut down when they’re not working right,” Stutz said, adding that the company is taking steps to “remove water pathways” and prevent ice buildup.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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