Fire that ravaged California town last fall was caused by power lines

Lester Mason
May 16, 2019

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

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.

California investigators on Wednesday found PG&E power lines were responsible for last year's wildfire that killed 85 people.

The investigation identified a second ignition sight near the intersection of Concow Road and Rim Road.

The cause of the second fire was determined to be vegetation into electrical distribution lines owned and operated by PG&E.

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

Ashes and debris are all that remain where houses once stood in Paradise, Calif., on November 15, 2018, after a wildfire destroyed the town. 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. (PG&E) caused the state's most destructive wildfire ever - it killed 85 and almost destroyed an entire city. The committee was conducting an oversight hearing on PG&E's management. California law now holds utilities like PG&E financially liable for fires started by their equipment, regardless of whether they acted negligently.

Johnson took over PG&E on May 1 after former CEO Geisha Williams stepped down and the utility replaced half of its 20-member board of directors.

The city of Paradise - population 27,000 - was almost wiped out as residents evacuated and their homes and vehicles were engulfed in flames.

A representative for PG&E did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones says she is not surprised to hear Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked a November blaze that killed 85 people in her town and she hopes the findings help its legal case against the utility.

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.

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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