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

16 May 2019

In total, the blaze burned 153,336 acres and destroyed in excess of 18,000 structures.

The wildfire - the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history - started in the early morning hours of November 8, 2018, near the community of Pulga in Butte County.

"In addition to claims for property damage, business interruption, interest and attorneys' fees, the Utility could be liable for fire suppression costs, evacuation costs, medical expenses, personal injury damages, punitive damages and other damages under other theories of liability, including if the Utility were found to have been negligent", the company said.

More than 7,571 wildfires in California burned more than 1.8 million acres in 2018, according to the agency. He said ahead of the 2019 fire season the company is visually inspecting tens of thousands of miles of equipment in high-fire danger areas and clearing vegetation in those areas.

Investigators from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have determined that the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in the state's history, was sparked by power lines, the agency announced Wednesday.

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The fire in Butte County destroyed almost 15,000 homes.

"It's nice to have a definite answer", Jones said, adding that she hopes the conclusion will help her city's legal case against the utility.

The suit also alleges that PG&E had planned to de-energize power lines as a precaution against starting a fire but canceled those plans despite windy conditions.

Californians must remain vigilant and be prepared for wildfire.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging the judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy to reject the company's request for a six-month extension to present its reorganization plan.

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In a Wednesday court filing, Newsom said the utility's request continues to show it lacks an urgent focus on improving safety.

Newsom and lawmakers are working on proposals around utility liability for wildfires that could affect the bankruptcy.

The investigation also identified a second nearby ignition site involving vegetation and electrical distribution lines, also owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility.

The news came as PG&E CEO William "Bill" Johnson testified before the state Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee in Sacramento on Wednesday, where he faced questions and comments from elected officials.

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