PG&E made an “excessive backlash” in the face of the 2021 mammoth Dixie Fire, an effort that was a major factor behind the spread of the devastating hell, according to a recently released state report.
The convention was blamed for a “long response” to an initial outage and a power outage, according to the report by the State Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.
PG & E’s delay became a “direct and irresponsible factor in starting a fire” in July 2021, Cal Fir said in a report.
The Cal Fire report was completed in January and sent to the Butte County Prosecutor’s Office, but was not released publicly until this month.
An investigation by the state fire agency determined that PG & E’s equipment caused the Dixie fire. The fire was caused by a tree that came into contact with the PG&E power distribution lines west of the Cresta Dam.
Dixie Fire burned parts of Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties and consumed 963,300 acres. It was the largest fire in California history and the largest fire of any kind in the state.
PG&E backed down against some of the key findings of the report and argued that the utility was acting late.
“We believe we have acted as a prudent operator,” PG&E said in a post on its website.
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