“Electrical transmission lines belonging to Pacific Gas & Electric caused the Camp Fire of 2018, California’s deadliest wildfire, a state agency concluded on Wednesday,” according to The New York Times.
“The fire, which started on Nov. 8, killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 homes, businesses and other buildings. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said on Wednesday that, after a ‘very meticulous and thorough investigation,’ it had determined that the Camp Fire was caused by ‘electrical transmission lines owned and operated’ by PG&E. The company had said in February that its equipment had probably caused the fire.
“PG&E, the state’s largest electricity utility, filed for bankruptcy protection in January, saying that it faced an estimated $30 billion in wildfire liabilities. In a recent filing to securities regulators, the company estimated it would have $10.5 billion in liabilities for damage caused by the Camp Fire.
“PG&E said in an earlier filing that the Butte County district attorney and California’s attorney general had opened a criminal investigation into the Camp Fire.
“In a statement on Wednesday, PG&E said that it had not yet reviewed Cal Fire’s report but that it ‘is consistent with the company’s previous statements.'”
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