Fire officials have officially determined that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was responsible for last year's deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, California. In a press release issued today, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said that "after a very thorough and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electric transmission lines from owned and operated by Pacific Gas. and Electricity (PG & E) located in the Pulga area. "
The Camp Fire began the morning of November 8. Cal Fire identified two ignition points, which were caused by the PG & E power lines. As Cal Fire points out, fires spread with the help of warm temperatures, dry vegetation and strong winds. The Camp Fire would burn a total of 153,336 acres and kill 85 people, making it the "deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history." PG & E did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
PG & E was already a probable culprit for the fire. Earlier this year, he admitted that it was "likely" that the company's team would have provoked the Camp Fire. He has also been blamed for more than 1,500 fires since 2014, and filed for bankruptcy in January after being sued by several law firms. Also, controversially, additional state money is requested to pay for public safety improvements. However, the problem is not just the faulty PG & E equipment; It is the predictable effect of climate change. In 2018, California saw a total of 7,571 fires, and could worsen over time.