Tens of thousands of people in Oregon lost power on Friday when dry easterly winds blew into the area.

This was done to reduce the risk of wildfires in the area, which was very dry and hot.  

In California, fire weather is often so bad that the power goes out. In the Pacific Northwest, this happens less often.

The plans are part of permanent rules that were passed in May to control the risk of wildfires in high-risk areas.

They show the new reality in a region that is better known for its temperate and rain forests.  

Portland General Electric cut power to about 30,000 customers in 12 service areas, including  wealthy West Hills neighbourhood of Portland.

Pacific Power cut power to more than 7,000 customers in a small community on the Pacific Coast

where a wildfire burned two years ago and in pockets southeast of the state capital of Salem.