At approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, the main 69-kilovolt transmission line serving Las Animas Municipal Light and Power tripped off line for several hours causing a power outage to the Las Animas electric system.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, the main 69-kilovolt transmission line serving Las Animas Municipal Light and Power tripped off line for several hours causing a power outage to the Las Animas electric system. The cause of the outage is a suspected lightning strike that resulted in one of the 69kV structures catching fire.

When electric line crews from Las Animas and Black Hills Energy located the affected structure, the top of the structure was in flames. Once the fire was addressed the crews worked together to replace the structure and restore service.

Las Animas operated its emergency backup power generation during the outage, however, the backup generation was only able to serve a limited area and could not restore full service to the city or Fort Lyon. The repair was completed at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday at which time power was fully restored.

Las Animas Municipal Light and Power recently began an evaluation of the 69kV line to identify upgrades for the line and potential funding options. The 69-kilovolt line is about 18 miles in length and serves as the primary delivery point for Las Animas and Fort Lyon.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Las Animas Municipal Light and Power offices at 456-2013. Ron Clodfelter is the superintendent of Las Animas Municipal Light and Power.