PG&E Found at Fault for Starting 3 of Last Year’s California Wildfires

In the first findings in an investigation that could lead to multibillion-dollar liabilities for Pacific Gas & Electric, California investigators have assessed four of last year’s wildfires caused by trees hitting its powerlines, and found PG&E committed legal violations in three of them — but no fault in the fourth and largest.

Friday’s release from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) focused on four fires in Butte and Nevada Counties, in the Sierra Nevada mountains, which caused no fatalities, rather than on the far more devastating fires in Northern California’s wine country, which killed 44 people and led to more than $3 billion in insured property losses. read more >>