Cal Fire investigators have determined that the deadly Camp Fire that ripped through Butte County in November was sparked by PG&E electrical transmission lines.
The fire claimed the lives of 85 people and burned a total of 153,336 acres making it the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history.
Cal Fire said Wednesday the PG&E lines in the Pulga area ignited the Nov. 8 blaze.
The investigation also identified a second nearby ignition site involving vegetation and electrical distribution lines, also owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility.
The second fire was quickly consumed by the initial fire.
Cal Fire says that due to the dry conditions, heavy winds and warm temperatures, the fire spread at extreme rates through Pulga, Concow, Paradise, Magalia, and the outskirts of east Chico.
PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January as it faced tens of billions of dollars in potential liability costs related to wildfires in 2017 and 2018.
In a statement, PG&E told KRON4:
“CAL FIRE announced today that it has determined that PG&E electrical transmission lines near Pulga were a cause of the Camp Fire. PG&E accepts this determination. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, and we remain focused on supporting them through the recovery and rebuilding process. We also want to thank the brave first responders who worked tirelessly to save lives, contain the Camp Fire and protect citizens and communities.”
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