Equipment from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the nation’s largest utility, might have been involved in starting the big Dixie Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada, as reported to California regulators.
On July 13 a repair man responded to a circuit shortage. There he found blown fuses in a conductor on a pole. It was also seen that a tree was leaning into the conductor and there was a fire at the bottom of the tree. This comes from a report by PG& E in a report of Sunday to California Public Utilities Commission.
The Dixie Fire has grown to almost 47 miles in northern California. This would also not be the first time PG &E equipment has been a correlation to major wildfires (The Mercury News). In 2018 a fire killed nearly 85 people in the town of Paradise.
There are dozens of fires currently burning in the West. The Bootleg fire, one of the largest in current Oregon history, has burned over 476 square miles. This mileage is equivalent to the size of Los Angeles. The fire has only been 25 percent contained. It has been predicted dangerous fire weather is possible through at least Monday as well as potential lightning in California and Oregon.
ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN
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