World: California utility says its equipment may be linked to wildfire

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Pacific Gas & Electric equipment may have been involved in the start of the big Dixie Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada, the nation’s largest utility reported to California regulators. PG&E said in a report Sunday to the California Public Utilities Commission that a repair man responding to a circuit outage on July 13 spotted blown fuses in a conductor atop a pole, a tree leaning into the conductor PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires , including a 2018 fire that ravaged the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. The Dixie Fire is among dozens burning in the parched West.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric equipment may have been involved in the start of the big Dixie Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada, the nation’s largest utility reported to California regulators. PG&E said in a report Sunday to the California Public Utilities Commission that a repair man 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. PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires , including a 2018 fire that ravaged the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) equipment may have been involved in the start of the big Dixie Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada, the nation’s largest utility reported to California regulators.

Climate change has made the western part of the US much warmer and drier in recent decades and is being blamed for more frequent and destructive wildfires. [Noah Berger/AP Photo] © Provided by Al Jazeera Climate change has made the western part of the US much warmer and drier in recent decades and is being blamed for more frequent and destructive wildfires. [Noah Berger/AP Photo]

PG&E said in a report on 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.

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The utility said investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have collected equipment from the location. via Associated Press. Smoke billows behind power lines as the Dixie Fire burns along Highway 70 in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires , including a 2018 fire that ravaged the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. The Dixie Fire is among dozens burning in the parched West. The destructive Bootleg Fire , one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than

LOS ANGELES — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to In a report to the state Public Utilities Commission, Southern California Edison said it was investigating whether its electrical equipment caused the blaze. The brief report said it appeared that a “lashing wire” that tied a telecommunications line to a support cable may have struck a 12,000-volt conducting

The Dixie Fire has grown to nearly 122sq kilometres (47sq miles), largely in remote wilderness that is difficult to reach. The utility said investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have collected equipment from the location.

a sign on a pole: Another burning wildfire, the Tamarack Fire, threatens Markleeville, a small town close to the California-Nevada state line. [Noah Berger/AP Photo] © Provided by Al Jazeera Another burning wildfire, the Tamarack Fire, threatens Markleeville, a small town close to the California-Nevada state line. [Noah Berger/AP Photo]

PG&E equipment has repeatedly been linked to major wildfires, including a 2018 fire that ravaged the town of Paradise and killed 85 people.

The Dixie Fire is among dozens burning in the parched West.

The destructive Bootleg Fire, one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than 1,210sq km (476sq miles), an area about the size of Los Angeles. The blaze just north of the California state line was 25 percent contained.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands They each suffered second- and third-degree burns over large portions of their bodies and were intubated at a hospital, officials said . In a report to the state Public Utilities Commission, Southern California Edison said it was investigating whether its electrical equipment caused the blaze.

Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent just such a possibility.

The Oregon Department of Forestry said Bootleg threatened more than 3,100 homes, and that it had destroyed 67 so far. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

No relief is in sight. Meteorologists predicted critically dangerous fire weather through at least Monday with lightning possible in both California and southern Oregon.

“With the very dry fuels, any thunderstorm has the potential to ignite new fire starts,” the National Weather Service in Sacramento, California, said on Twitter.

Mandatory evacuations of several small towns and other areas in the path of the fire have forced hundreds of people to leave their homes.

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California 's biggest utility admitted its electrical equipment may have ignited a destructive wildfire spreading through the state's wine country Friday. While the high winds in Northern California had died down by Friday, they were expected to pick up over the weekend, with gusts of 40 to 60 mph in many places, and PG&E warned it may black out an even larger region. PG&E chief meteorologist Scott Strenfel said Northern California could be in for the strongest offshore winds in years.

Thousands have been ordered to evacuate, including some 2,000 people who live in rugged terrain among lakes and wildlife refuges near the fire, which has burned at least 67 homes and 100 outbuildings while threatening many more.

Climate change has made the western United States much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive. Firefighters said these conditions in July are more typical of late summer or fall.

Pyrocumulus clouds – literally translated as “fire clouds” – complicated containment efforts Sunday for the Dixie Fire, where flames spread in remote areas with steep terrain crews cannot easily reach, officials said. New evacuation orders were issued in rural communities near the Feather River Canyon. No structures had been destroyed but more than 800 were threatened.

a car on a track with smoke coming out of it: Firefighters battling the Tamarack Fire in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, California [Noah Berger/AP Photo] © Provided by Al Jazeera Firefighters battling the Tamarack Fire in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, California [Noah Berger/AP Photo]

A growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders, the closure of the Pacific Crest Trail and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada.

The Tamarack Fire, which was sparked by lightning on July 4, had charred about 74sq km (28.5sq miles) of dry brush and timber as of Sunday night. The blaze was threatening Markleeville, a small town close to the California-Nevada state line. It has destroyed at least two structures, authorities said.

A notice posted Saturday on the 165-km (103-mile) Death Ride’s website said several communities in the area had been evacuated and ordered all bike riders to clear the area. The fire left thousands of bikers and spectators stranded in the small town and racing to get out.

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