Second Power Line Problem Reported Before Camp Fire

The Sacramento Bee disclosed PG&E reported a second problem with a high voltage power line the morning the Camp Fire ignited.

The utility company filed an incident report with CPUC Friday afternoon saying a high voltage line near the rural Concow area in Butte County suffered an outage at 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8.

The initial problem with a power line in the area was reported at 6:15 a.m. the same morning a few miles away near Pulga. 

Residents of Paradise have already begun to sue the utility company for negligence and the second reporting of another faulty power line could piece together more information. 

After the second incident was reported Friday, PG&E wrote, “Cal Fire has collected PG&E equipment on that circuit. Cal Fire has secured a location near PG&E facilities on that circuit. PG&E is cooperating with Cal Fire.”

Cal Fire released the latest updates on the Camp and Woolsey Fires Monday morning. The Woolsey Fire is also suspected to have started from a Southern California Edison power line outage. 

As of Monday, the Camp Fire in Butte County is 66 percent contained and has burned around 151,000 acres, destroying 12,794 structures. 77 fatalities have been confirmed and 993 people have yet to be accounted for. The fire is expected to reach full containment by November 30. 

The Woolsey fire has burned over 96,949 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, destroying 1,500 structures and damaging 341 other structures. The fire is 94 percent contained and is responsible for 3 fatalities. Full containment is expected by November 22. 

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