PG&E blamed for massive Northern California wildfire

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This Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, aerial photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service Lassen National Forest shows the Great Basin Team 1 Air Attack operations on the Dixie Fire on the Horton Ridge in Plumas County. Pacific Gas & Electric power lines sparked last summer’s Dixie Fire in Northern California that swept through five counties and burned more than 1,300 homes and other buildings, state fire officials said Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. U.S. Forest Service via AP, file photo/Great Basin Team 1 Air Attack Operations photo
Pacific Gas & Electric power lines sparked last summer’s Dixie Fire in Northern California that swept through five counties and burned more than 1,300 homes and other buildings, state fire officials said Tuesday, Jan. 4. The blaze was caused by a tree hitting electrical distribution lines west of a dam in the Sierra Nevada, where the blaze began July 13, according to investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The finding was no surprise. PG&E already had indicated its equipment may have been involved in the Dixie Fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties. It was the second-largest fire in state history and the latest of several of California’s largest and deadliest blazes to be blam
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