Cal Fire: Camp Fire Caused by PG&E Electrical Transmission Lines

Cal Fire: Camp Fire Caused by PG&E Electrical Transmission Lines

CAL FIRE investigators determined that the Camp Fire was caused by PG&E transmission lines in the Pulga area.

A year later, on November 8, the Camp Fire started burning through Paradise in the Sierra foothills some 15 minutes after PG&E employees saw smoke near a utility tower.

The devastating Camp Fire starting on the morning of November 8, 2018 killed at least 85 people, scorched 153,336 acres (620 square km) and destroyed over 18,000 buildings after burning more than two weeks. The fire also killed 85 people.

During the investigation, authorities located a second ignition site near the intersection of Concow and Rim roads.

"The tinder dry vegetation and Red Flag conditions consisting of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures promoted this fire and caused extreme rates of spread", the report concluded.

A full investigation report has not yet been released, but instead forwarded to the Butte County, California district attorney's office, the Associated Press reports.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January after being held responsible for other devastating wildfires in 2017.

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The scores of lawsuits from Camp Fire survivors will take years to resolve, and PG&E could potentially face criminal charges in connection with the Camp Fire.

The Camp Fire destroyed an estimated 90 percent of the hillside Butte County town of Paradise.

Democratic Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes says California can not keep reliving deadly wildfires and she hopes Johnson has learned lessons from the utility's past mistakes.

"I have made the assumption when I got here that PG&E equipment caused the fire", he said, noting the utility had said that was probable in recent filings. The committee was conducting an oversight hearing on PG&E's management.

The grant is part of more than $43 million in funding that Cal Fire announced it's awarding to 66 local fire prevention projects throughout the state for fiscal year 2018-19, according to a statement Cal Fire released on April 16.

The utility was cleared in the 2017 Tubbs wildfire in Northern California wine country that killed 22 and destroyed thousands of homes. The utility said they hadn't yet confirmed the source of the second fire reportedly caused by vegetation. He said the utility's request continues to show it lacks an urgent focus on improving safety.

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