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: East Bay Rep. Jerry McNerney Latest Not To Seek Re-Election To Congress In 2022
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: Caltrans Predicts Highway 37 To Be Permanently Flooded by Mid-Century; Seeks Solutions For Vital Corridor
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: California Prosecutors File Felony Charges Against Tesla Autopilot Driver
Crews estimated power would be restored by 4:15 p.m. The FAA said it would investigate the incident.