Jun 28, 2012 6:46 PM by Q2 News
BILLINGS - Two thousand homes remain without power in Southeast Montana due to the Ash Creek fire but crews are working to get power restored within the next 24 hours. Alan See, Manager of the Tongue River Electric Cooperative, reports the Ash Creek fire did significant damage to the power grid in southeast Montana. The fire burned through the main transmission line from Colstrip to Ashland Tuesday night and then later burned through the main line between Lame Deer and Ashland. See said this is the first time they have see fire take out both transmission lines. Eighty transmission poles were burned and between 100-200 distribution poles were lost. Ashland is expected to get power back tonight. Broadus is expected to get power by tomorrow. Lame Deer, Busby, and Colstrip have had power restored.