California Wildfires PG&E: Power line had problems before Camp Fire ignited

Roland Li , Jill Tucker and Erin Allday Nov. 10, 2018 Updated: Nov. 10, 2018 9:28 a.m. MoreCommentsPrint

1of 54A PG&E worker runs while dealing with downed power lines during the Camp Fire in Paradise (Butte County).Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle
2of 54A downed telephone pole off of Elliott Road after the Camp Fire tore through the town of Paradise.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle
3of 54The Camp Fire burns off of Pentz Road in Paradise.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle
4of 54A telephone poll burns off of Skyway after the Camp Fire tore through the town of Paradise.Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. told state regulators Friday that a high-voltage power line near the origin point of the devastating Camp Fire experienced a problem just before the first flames appeared.

The public utility, already facing billions in potential liability for earlier wildfires, is under scrutiny from regulators for possibly causing the latest fire, which broke out early Thursday. That same day, PG&E canceled plans to shut off power as a precaution against fires in parts of Butte County, where the fire is burning.

November 12, 2018

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