PG&E power lines caused California wildfire that killed 85

Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise California

The fire originated near Pulga in Northern California on the morning of November 8 by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric, according to a press release from Cal Fire.

Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility started the November 8 fire in the Pulga area that almost destroyed the town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

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 fire also killed 85 people.

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.

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

The full Camp Fire investigative report has been forwarded to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Cal Fire concluded. Tinder dry vegetation and Red Flag conditions consisting of strong winds, low humidity, and warm temperatures caused extreme rates of spread that rapidly burned into Pulga to the east and west into Concow, Paradise, Magalia and the outskirts of east Chico.

A number of lawsuits have been filed and the company said it expected the liability from the Camp Fire, plus other fires it was found to be responsible for in 2017, would total at least $30 billion. The people of Butte County are hopeful and resilient.

Cal Fire deputy director of communications Michael Mohler said Wednesday that he hasn't read the report and doesn't know the nature of the violations.

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"All should be mindful of PG&E's history of over two decades of mismanagement, misconduct and failed efforts to improve a woeful safety culture", Newsom's office writes.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'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.

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told The Associated Press she was not surprised that PG&E lines had sparked the blaze.

"It's nice to have a definite answer", Jones said.

PG&E did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on Wednesday.

Newsom and lawmakers are working on proposals around utility liability for wildfires that could affect the bankruptcy.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January 2019, citing potential civil liabilities in excess of $30 billion United States from the North Bay and Camp Fires.

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