PG&E power lines may have sparked Camp Fire
West Sacramento firefighters battle the Camp Fire on Honey Run Road in Paradise on Friday.
Calfire spokesman Scott Mclean emphasized the cause is still under investigation but added that the probe would include “electrical equipment.”
PG&E disclosed in a Friday filing to the state Public Utilities Commission that it had detected an outage on a transmission line in Butte County, occurring about 15 minutes before the fire was first reported. It said a subsequent aerial inspection detected damage to a transmission tower on that same transmission line a mile northeast of the town of Pulga “in the area of the Camp Fire.” That is the approximate location of Poe Dam.
But PG&E spokesman Jason King said no cause of the fire had been determined.
“We can’t speculate on the cause of the fire. There will be an investigation,” he said.
PG&E faces billions in potential liability because of the role of its