On Thursday afternoon, widespread power outages were reported across the state.  One outage was caused by a power line falling off its pole which sparked a fire west of Bozeman.  A NorthWestern Energy spokesperson said the line should have bypassed to a substation but it was down for maintenance.  The power was sent to a second line, but it was overloaded.  Approximately 15,000 customers were reported to be affected.

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