CAL FIRE Investigators Determine PG&E Power Lines Cause of Deadly Camp Fire

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CAL FIRE investigators have determined that the 2018 Camp Fire that began in Butte County last November was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) near the community of Pulga, California. A second ignition site — near the intersection of Concow Road and Rim Road — was also determined to be caused by vegetation into electrical distribution lines owned and operated by the utility.

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State fire investigators have forwarded their report to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office.

The Camp Fire, recognized as the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, started in the early morning hours on November 8, 2018 and due to dry vegetation and Red Flag conditions, spread rapidly into Pulga to the east and west into the towns of Concow, Paradise, Magalia and the outskirts of east Chico — in total, 153,336 acres were burned, 18,804 structures were destroyed, and 85 people died as a result.

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP is working with the law firms of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger and Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP to investigate and prosecute claims of negligence against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as a result of the Camp Fire. Together, this consortium of law firms has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for thousands of fire victims who have suffered total property loss or the loss of a loved one. Attorneys currently serve in leadership roles as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel and on the Executive Committee in the Southern California Fire Cases against SCE arising from the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flows in Montecito, as well as in the North Bay Fires litigation against PG&E following the October 2017 firestorm in Northern California.