California Utility Company to Blame for Catastrophic Camp Fire, Officials Confirm

Paradise California. California fire authorities say Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked the most destructive wildfire in state history in Paradise

California Utility Company to Blame for Catastrophic Camp Fire, Officials Confirm

Lines owned by the San Francisco-based utility sparked the deadly, fast-moving Camp Fire on November 8 in the Pulga area of Butte County, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a news release.

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.

The inferno killed 85 people, scorched 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 structures, according to Cal Fire. It killed 85 people.

A second ignition point for the fire was also "determined to be vegetation into electrical distribution lines" owned and operated by the utility, Cal Fire said.

California authorities said Wednesday that power lines owned and operated by the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.

The investigative report on the cause of the Camp Fire has been forwarded to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

When the fire began at those Pulga power lines, fire driven by strong winds quickly spread through dry grass and brush under "Red Flag" conditions.

The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. The utility filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire, which the utility has said was likely sparked by its equipment. The committee was conducting an oversight hearing on PG&E's management.

More than 7,571 wildfires in California burned more than 1.8 million acres in 2018, according to the agency.

Jones says "it's nice to have a definite answer" about the cause of the blaze that decimated the town.

The utility, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, said in February it was "probable" that one of its transmission lines sparked the blaze.

An investigation into the cause of the fire began nearly immediately, with suspicion soon falling on power equipment operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Wednesday filing that the extension should not be granted. He said the utility's request continues to show it lacks an urgent focus on improving safety.

Newsom and lawmakers are working on proposals related to utility liability for wildfires that could affect the bankruptcy. But prosecutors from four affected counties later determined there was no basis to criminally charge the utility in connection with the so-called North Bay fires.

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