Utility equipment sparked massive California wildfire, investigators say

Fire authorities have officially determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was responsible for last year’s deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California. In a press release earlier today, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that “after a very meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.” The Camp Fire started the morning of November 8th. Cal Fire identified two ignition points, both of which were sparked by PG&E power lines. As Cal Fire notes, the fires then spread with the help of warm temperatures, dry vegetation, and strong winds. The... Continue reading…

Utility equipment sparked massive California wildfire, investigators say

PG&E makes its way through bankruptcy, now utility is responsible for 85 deaths.

Thu 16 May 19 from Arstechnica

Cal Fire’s Official Finding: PG&E Equipment Touched Off Camp Fire

Cal Fire announced Wednesday that its investigation into last November’s Camp Fire has confirmed that a PG&E transmission line sparked the blaze that within hours became the deadliest ...

Wed 15 May 19 from KQED Science

California Investigation Blames PG&E Equipment For Igniting Deadliest Wildfire

The utility, which had already acknowledged its electrical transmission lines were probably the cause of last November's blazes, could face criminal charges following the report from state fire ...

Thu 16 May 19 from Kaiser Health News

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