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Arson not suspected in fire at Calif. power plant

Associated Press Modified: November 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm •  Published: November 23, 2012

The fire is not expected to affect water deliveries, however, since supplies from nearby Lake Oroville — a major state reservoir — can be diverted around the damaged plant, according to Ted Thomas, a spokesman with the state Department of Water Resources.

The state, however, will have to purchase additional power to pump water. Thomas said the exact amount of additional electricity will be determined by how much water cities and farmers demand, and by environmental conditions.

Firefighters were driven out of the structure Thursday when visibility became poor and something fell inside, causing the ground to shudder.

"It was so intense, so smoky, and we were getting involved in a lot of life hazards," McLean said.

An initial survey showed significant damage to wiring and equipment, but it was less than firefighters had expected, McLean said.