Dispatch Calls Suggest Downed PG&E Power Lines May Have Started Deadly Camp Fire

November 09, 2018

ABC 7 / KGO
By Amanda del Castillo

PARADISE, Calif.  -- Cal Fire radio transmission suggests utility giant PG&E could be to blame for the deadly Camp Fire burning in Butte County.

PG&E shared its initial electric incident report to the Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with ABC7 News.

In the report, the utility explained that roughly 15 minutes before the deadly Camp Fire began turning the town of Paradise into an apocalyptic scene, PG&E detected a transmission line outage across the Feather River from Poe Dam.

"Engine 2 is responding. Copy, possible power lines down," can be heard over the radio. The incident resulted in a power outage at 6:15 a.m.

Cal Fire reported the Camp Fire started near that area at 6:33 a.m.

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