Report: Downed power lines sparked deadly California fires
A dozen wildfires that burned thousands of homes in California’s wine country and killed at least 15 people last October were started by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines, state fire officials said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection found falling trees and tree limbs hitting power lines were the most common cause, but one fire erupted after PG&E tried to re-energize a downed line.
The dozen blazes were part of the deadliest series of wildfires in California history. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent fighting fires and on recovery north of San Francisco in October.