California wildfire sparked when tree hit power line: Report

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LOS ANGELES: A Northern California wildfire that killed 4 individuals and destroyed greater than 200 buildings final yr was prompted when tree branches got here into contact with Pacific Gas and Electrical energy strains, officers stated on Monday.
Investigators with the California division of forestry and hearth safety seized equipment belonging to PG&E within the weeks after the Zogg Fire tore by way of rural communities in Shasta and Tehama counties final September and October.
"After a meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Hearth has decided that the Zogg Hearth was brought on by a pine tree contacting electrical distribution strains owned and operated by Pacific Fuel and Electrical situated north of the group of Igo," the company stated in a brief information launch.
PG&E officers did not instantly reply to a request for remark late on Monday.
The Zogg Hearth investigative report has been forwarded to the Shasta County district lawyer's workplace, Cal Hearth stated.
The blaze scorched greater than 88 sq. miles (almost 228 sq. kilometers).
PG&E, the nation's largest utility, emerged from chapter stemming from monetary fallout from a number of devastating wildfires brought on by its utility gear that killed greater than 100 individuals and destroyed greater than 27,000 houses and different buildings in 2017 and 2018.

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