Oncor workers head to California to help with wildfire damage repairs

Dozens of Oncor workers from North Texas hit the road Friday to California to help in the recovery from the wildfires.

About 100 Oncor employees and contractors left about 6 a.m. from the utility’s service center along Greenville Avenue in Dallas.

The crews will head to northern California to assist with power restorations after damage from the Camp Fire. The workers will be replacing power poles that were completely incinerated, re-stringing power lines and clearing vegetation that’s blocking roads.

The Camp Fire has taken a devastating toll in terms of lives and property, but it is now 95 percent contained. That gives utility crews a chance to reach areas that weren’t accessible before.  

Oncor says its workers will likely be in California for two weeks, but the length of the deployment could change depending on the conditions.