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PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say


Added 05-15-19 11:06:03pm EST - “The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. State officials say the fire was caused by PG&E power lines. Terry Chea/AP hide caption

Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. State officials say the fire was caused by PG&E power lines.

Electrical transmission lines owned and operated by utility giant Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) caused last fall's Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire investigators said Wednesday.

"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" of Butte County, California fire officials said in a statement. The fire had two ignition sites, according to investigators, as the second fire in a different part of the county was consumed by the initial blaze that started near Pulga.

The finding was not unexpected. PG&E had even pointed to its transmission lines and the dry vegetation around them as a possible culprit in an earnings report issued in February.

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