(HorizonPost.com) – In July 2021, an approximate three-month-long inferno known as the Dixie Fire destroyed multiple forests and a national park across five counties in California – causes then unknown. On January 4, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) investigators announced the blame for the blaze lies on Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) power lines near Cresta Dam that “came in contact with a tree.” That simple incident reportedly led to one of the largest fires known to the Golden State to date. The organization forwarded the findings to the district attorney’s office in Butte County.
BREAKING: California officially finds PG&E responsible for the Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in the state's recorded history that destroyed more than 1,300 structures, including most of the Plumas County town of Greenville. pic.twitter.com/V1s0Kz3n3S
— J.D. Morris (@thejdmorris) January 5, 2022
In all, the destructive fire devastated over 1,300 structures and nearly one million acres of forest. A criminal investigation regarding the depth of the electric company’s responsibility is currently underway. PG&E officials stated their commitment to stop using fire ignitions and to keep residents safe. The company also allegedly plans to bury 10,000 miles worth of power lines over the coming few years.
Estimations show suits and property damage filed by fire victims and their families could top $1.15 million. Using past data and climate change weather patterns, Cal Fire urged Californians to “remain vigilant” and prepare for future blazes.
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