Pacific Gas & Electric power lines caused California's 'deadliest and most destructive wildfire'


California fire officials have confirmed that the catastrophic Camp Fire previous year was caused by power lines operated by Pacific Gas & Electric, which provides electricity to 16 million customers in California and is one of the largest utility companies in the United States.

The fire started in the early morning hours of November 8, in Pulga.

The 2018 Camp Fire is the deadliest fire in California history with a death toll of 85 plus almost 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed. The Newsom administration also notes that the extension would span the 2019 fire season, when the company should be working to ensure its equipment does not spark new fires.

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.

In the report, CAL FIRE officials said the Camp Fire blaze was sparked by transmission lines that came into contact with dry vegetation at two different locations outside of Chico, California.

A Cal Fire spokeswoman said the investigators' report had been furnished to the Butte County District Attorney's Office for further review.

A major power company is responsible for the deadliest wildfire in California history, an investigation by the state fire agency Cal Fire has found.

PG&E's chief executive told California lawmakers that he expected the utility would be blamed, but he was still disappointed that the company he heads caused the state's most destructive wildfire previous year.

The fire wiped out almost 15,000 homes.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. shouldn't get an extra six months to reorganize.

Its reorganization plan is due by the end of May, but the utility has requested an extension until November. He said the utility's request continues to show it lacks an urgent focus on improving safety.

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).

As bankruptcy proceedings for the utility move forward, Newsom is urging the Legislature to consider changing liability laws for utilities.

The company then filed for bankruptcy, expressing doubt that it would be able to remain in business after a $6.9 billion loss in 2018 as a result of the wildfire, according to the local station.