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A federal court “tentatively” found equipment owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is the “most recurring cause” of wildfires that scorched the state in the past two years, NBC News reports.
“The Court tentatively finds that the single most recurring cause of the large 2017 and 2018 wildfires attributable to PG&E’s equipment has been the susceptibility of PG&E’s distribution lines to trees or limbs falling onto them during high-wind events,” Alsup’s ruling said, according to NBC.
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“The power conductors are almost always uninsulated,” Alsup continued. “When the conductors are pushed together by falling trees or limbs, electrical sparks drop into the vegetation below. During the wildfire season when the vegetation is dry, these electrical sparks pose an extreme danger of igniting a wildfire.”
“We are aware of Judge Alsup’s latest order and are currently reviewing,” the utility said in a statement, according to NBC.
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California officials faulted the utility for sparking 12 of 17 wildfires in 2017, but have not ruled on the source of any 2018 wildfires.
Alsup’s ruling comes after the utility announced plans to declare bankruptcy...
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