PG&E says its equipment might have sparked recent fatal wildfire

PG&E’s equipment might have caused a fatal and destructive recent wildfire in Shasta County, and state investigators have confiscated some of the company’s gear in connection with the fire, the utility has told California regulators.

The blaze, known as the Zogg Fire, broke out on Sept. 27 near the Shasta County town of Igo, which is west of Redding.

The Shasta County wildfire began in the vicinity of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane.

“A PG&E SmartMeter and a line recloser serving that area reported alarms and other activity between approximately 2:40 p.m. and 3:06 p.m” on Sept. 27, PG&E stated in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

PG&E customers in the area where the Zogg Fire broke out are served by a distribution line known as the Girvan 1101 12 kV circuit.

The utility has reported the incident to the state Public Utilities Commission, PG&E stated in its SEC filing.

PG&E is currently uncertain of the causes of the activity on the Girvan 1101 circuit or the locations of these causes.

The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, is investigating the Zogg Fire. A cause hasn’t been determined.

The Zogg Fire killed four people, injured one person, destroyed 204 structures, and damaged 27, according to Cal Fire.

Over the last 10 years, starting in September 2010, PG&E’s equipment has caused a fatal gas explosion in San Bruno and also has caused a string of lethal wildfires in Northern California.

PG&E said it is cooperating with the state fire agency’s investigation.

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“Cal Fire informed PG&E that they had taken possession of PG&E equipment as part of CAL FIRE’s ongoing investigation into the cause of the Zogg Fire and allowed PG&E access to the area,” PG&E stated in the SEC filing.



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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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