OGDEN -- Several power poles caught fire Wednesday evening as a storm blew into the Top of Utah.
At least five poles caught fire in Weber County. Ogden Fire Battalion Chief Corey Barton said his own firefighters were out at 950 Liberty Ave., where the fire cut power to the neighborhood.
Rocky Mountain Power reported about 2,300 customers were without power in Weber County at 7:45 p.m. Crews had power restored to all but 588 customers by 8:44 p.m. The company expected power to be completely restored by very early this morning.
Pole fires occur about once a year, usually with the first big spring storm, Barton said. Besides lightning strikes, debris can build up in transformers, so when moisture hits, the combination can conduct electricity and cause a fire.
Box Elder County dispatchers reported two pole fires as of 8 p.m. Lightning sparked one of the fires, just south of Tremonton, but did not cause an outage, said Box Elder County Sheriff's Sgt. David Murphy.