"PG&E Says Its Equipment Possibly Linked To Big Wildfire"

"SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric reported to California utility regulators that its equipment may have been involved in the start of a fire burning in the Sierra Nevada that is threatening hundreds of homes.

PG&E said in a report Sunday to the California Public Utilities Commission that a repairman responding to a circuit outage on July 13 spotted blown fuses in a conductor atop a pole, a tree leaning into the conductor and fire at the base of the tree.

The utility said its system showed around 7 a.m. that the Cresta Dam off Highway 70 had lost power but because of the steep, rough terrain, the worker sent to check it couldn’t reach the area until nearly 5 p.m."

The Associated Press had the story July 20, 2021.


"Calls For Outside Help As Extreme Weather Fuels Oregon Fires" (AP)

Source: AP, 07/20/2021