Arcing power line also set small grass fire
Almost 3,000 PG&E customers in Taft lost their lights, coolers and air conditioners Sunday night.
A downed power line in Taft Heights is the likely cause.
The outage started at 8:44 p.m., according to PG&E.
Two minutes later the Kern County Fire Department received reports of a small grass fire in a vacant area near the intersection of E Street and Grant Terrace.
Callers told dispatchers a power line arced then fell to the ground.
The fire was quickly extinguished, but it took a lot longer to get all the power back. The outage covered all of Taft Heights, the western two-thirds of South Taft and a large part of incorporated Taft.
PG&E said 2,984 customers were impacted by the outage.
PG&E said it planned to have most power restored by midnight.