Cal Fire said Wednesday the lines in the Pulga area ignited the November 8 fire that killed 85 people in Paradise.
The deadly wildfire that all but destroyed several small towns in California past year was caused by PG&E power lines, Cal Fire investigators have concluded.
The fire killed 85 people and nearly completely incinerated the town of Paradise.
CAL FIRE investigators determined that the Camp Fire was caused by PG&E transmission lines in the Pulga area.
Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines caused a fire that killed 85 people - the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, California fire officials said Wednesday.
PG&E admitted in the days after the fire started that it had experienced a problem in the area where the fire was first seen.
Shares of San Francisco-based PG&E initially fell 3.1 percent in after-hours trading following release of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) statement announcing findings of its investigation of the blaze.
"The investigation identified a second ignition sight near the intersection of Concow Rd. and Rim Rd".
"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. This fire was consumed by the original fire which started earlier near Pulga.
PG&E CEO Bill Johnson testifies before the state Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee in Sacramento on May 15, 2019.
Cal Fire found last June that PG&E-owned power lines had sparked a separate series of wildfires that swept Northern California's wine country in 2017.
CAL FIRE investigators were immediately dispatched to the Camp Fire and began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Wednesday filing that PG&E shouldn't get an extra six months to reorganize.
The utility company filed for bankruptcy in January to protect itself against billions of dollars in lawsuits.
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