The utility company Avista says that its southern Oregon customers can resume normal use of natural gas.

A gas pipeline in British Columbia exploded Tuesday evening, limiting the company's ability to provide natural gas to residential and industrial customers in southern Oregon and western Washington Wednesday.

Avista advised customers to turn down thermostats and limit the use of hot water to conserve natural gas.

By late Thursday morning Avista lifted the advisory, according to a statement release by the company.

Nobody was injured in the pipeline explosion. Approximately 100 members of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation tribe in British Columbia were evacuated from the area as a precaution. Avista said its gas delivery systems in Oregon and Washington were safe following the incident.

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Max Egener is the city reporter for The News-Review. He has a master's degree from the University of Oregon, and is an avid skier and backpacker.

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