Cal­i­for­nia util­ity prob­ing pos­si­bil­ity wires in­volved in wild­fire

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

A Cal­i­for­nia util­ity in­formed reg­u­la­tors that it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether a dev­as­tat­ing wild­fire near Mal­ibu last month may have been caused by con­tact be­tween a wire that pro­vides pole sup­port and a live wire.

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son, in a let­ter to the Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion, said it had not found ev­i­dence of an en­er­gized wire on the ground in the area where the Woolsey Fire was be­lieved to have started on Nov. 8, Reuters re­ported.

It did, how­ever, find a so­called guy wire, which runs from the top of the pole to the ground, near a jumper wire that is used to con­nect two en­er­gized lines.

The util­ity said it is eval­u­at­ing whether the guy wire came into con­tact with the jumper, which could have had the po­ten­tial to cause the blaze. Some of the equip­ment is cur­rently be­ing tested by fire of­fi­cials.

The cause of the fire may not be de­ter­mined un­til ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able, Edi­son said.

The Woolsey Fire burned 97,000 acres near the Mal­ibu coast, de­stroy­ing 1,500 struc­tures and caus­ing three deaths, ac­cord­ing to state fire of­fi­cials.

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son is a di­vi­sion of Edi­son In­ter­na­tional.

REUTERS

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