The wind-driven fire, dubbed the Camp Fire, erupted in the drought-parched Sierra foothills 280 kilometres north of San Francisco in November 2018 and raced with little warning through the town of Paradise, incinerating much of that community.
The blaze burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,804 structures and resulted in the death of 85 people. The Newsom administration also notes that the extension would span the 2019 fire season, when the company should be working to ensure its equipment does not spark new fires.
The investigation also identified a second nearby ignition site involving PG&E's electrical distribution lines that had come into contact with vegetation.
Investigators from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have determined that the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in the state's history, was sparked by power lines, the agency announced Wednesday.
The full Camp Fire investigative report has been forwarded to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Cal Fire concluded.
Cal Fire announced the results of their investigation on Wednesday, six months after the wildfire that almost wiped out the town of Paradise. The fire spread through Pulga into the communities of Concow, Paradise, Magalia, and the outskirts of east Chico.
PG&E's chief executive told California lawmakers that he expected the utility would be blamed, but he was still disappointed that the company he heads caused the state's most destructive wildfire a year ago.Читайте также: Britney Spears' career may be over, longtime manager says
Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told The Associated Press she was not surprised that PG&E lines had sparked the blaze.
Jones says "it's nice to have a definite answer" about the cause of the blaze that decimated the town.
PG&E had reportedly considered cutting power in the area because of the high winds and risky conditions but chose not to do so.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Wednesday filing that PG&E shouldn't get an extra six months to reorganize.
PG&E's bankruptcy reorganization plan is due by the end of May, but it has requested an extension until November. The request signals a lack of urgent focus on improving safety, he said.
There was no immediate comment from the company about the latest Cal Fire findings.
The city of Paradise - population 27,000 - was almost wiped out as residents evacuated and their homes and vehicles were engulfed in flames.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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