PG&E power lines may have sparked Camp Fire

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - 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

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