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PG&E lines blamed for deadliest wildfire in California history


Added 05-15-19 10:10:03pm EST - “State fire investigators have formally determined that Pacific Gas & Electric Co...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “PG&E lines blamed for deadliest wildfire in California history”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - State fire investigators have formally determined that Pacific Gas & Electric Co transmission lines caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California, a blaze that killed 85 people last year, officials said on Wednesday.

The wind-driven blaze, dubbed the Camp Fire, erupted in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco in November 2018 and raced with little warning through the town of Paradise, incinerating much of that community.

Nearly 19,000 homes and other structures were destroyed, and the death toll stands as the greatest loss of life from a single wildfire in California history. Several firefighters were injured.

Investigators “determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated” by PG&E near the small riverfront community of Pulga, about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Paradise in Butte County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement.

A second ignition point for the fire was also “determined to be vegetation into electrical distribution lines” owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility, Cal Fire said.

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