Another fire — Oregon’s Bootleg Fire — threatens California’s electrical grid

The Bootleg Fire burning in Southern Oregon near the California border is threatening California’s power grid. The fire, which broke out July 6 and is now more than 143,000 acres, is threatening what is known as Path 66, a trio of transmission lines bringing power to the state. The situation is being closely monitored by the California Independent System Operator also known as California ISO, the entity that operates the state’s bulk electricity grid. The three lines are owned by four entities including PG&E. Contingency plans are being made.