CALISTOGA (CBS SF) — An inspection helicopter clipped high-intensity power lines near Calistoga Thursday, starting two small brush fire and triggering a massive power outage that stretched from northern Napa County to southern Sonoma County, officials said.
The Bell 206-L4 helicopter was forced to make a precautionary emergency landing and none of the three passengers aboard suffered any injuries.READ MORE: Prompted By Drought Emergency, Morgan Hill Imposes Mandatory Water Restrictions
Two small blazes erupted below the towers but was quickly extinguished by local firefighters. The helicopter was registered to a Redding company and was inspecting power lines.
The fires burned a half-acre and 1 acre, Cal Fire spokesman Will Powers said.READ MORE: UPDATE Most Areas Allowed To Repopulate After Gas Leak In San Francisco's Inner Richmond
The area is near Tubbs Lane where the Tubbs Fire started on Oct. 8, 2017, and spread rapidly to Sonoma County.
Pacific Gas & Electric said 3,841 customers were without power including the towns of Calistoga, Kellogg and Woodleaf.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: PG&E Warns of Possible Rotating Outages as Bay Area Cooks Amid Heat Wave
Crews estimated power would be restored by 4:15 p.m. The FAA said it would investigate the incident.