Utilities from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., that started the Dixie Fire that had burned more than 18.000 acres in Butte and Plumas Counties in the past week, reported that according to a report presented to the California Public Utilities Commission, someone responding to a power outage Tuesday noticed a broken igniting on the Cresta Dam in a heavily wooded Butge County area around the Feather River Canyon.
The state’s biggest utility said in a report Sunday to the California utility commission that its equipment may have caused the massive Dixie fire in the Sierra Nevada, which burned around 25 miles northeast of Chico.
“The information PG&E submitted is preliminary, and the company submitted this report in an abundance of caution given Cal Fire’s collection of PG&E facilities in connection with its investigation,”Matt Nauman
‘The information PG&E submitted is preliminary, and the company submitted this report in an abundance of caution given Cal Fire’s collection of PG&E facilities in connection with its investigation,’ PG & E spokesman Matt Nauman said in a statement.
PG & E said that when a workshop employee investigated a power outage near the Castellana Dam, he saw blown fuses and a tree that had been leaning against the electric conductor.
One of the California fires that is now alight – the Dixie fire – is associated with PG & E, the giant utility powerhouse whose power lines were blamed for the 2018 outbreak of the camp fire, the deadliest in the state’s modern history.
Firefighting efforts were under way to tackle the Dixie Fire, which is spreading in remote, difficult to accede areas with difficult terrain.