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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/25/2018 02:20 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/25/2018 02:20 PM
Expires: 01/01/2023 12:00 AM
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Investigators Determine Power Lines Cause of Four Wildfires in Butte and Nevada Counties

Sonora, CA...After extensive and thorough investigations, CAL FIRE investigators have determined that four Northern California wildfires in last year’s October Fire Siege were caused by trees coming into contact with power lines. The four fires, located in Butte and Nevada counties, are the first fire investigations from last October to be completed.




CAL FIRE investigators were dispatched to the fires last year and immediately began working to determine their origin and cause. The Department continues to investigate the remaining 2017 fires, both in October and December, and will release additional reports as they are completed.

The October 2017 Fire Siege involved more than 170 fires and charred more than 245,000 acres in Northern California. More than 11,000 firefighters from 17 states helped battle the blazes.
Below is a summary of the four completed investigations:

• The La Porte Fire, in Butte County, started in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 and burned a total of 8,417 acres, destroying 74 structures. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by tree branches falling onto PG&E power lines. CAL FIRE investigators determined there were no violations of state law related to the cause of this fire.

• The McCourtney Fire, in Nevada County, started the evening of Oct. 8 and burned a total of 76 acres, destroying 13 structures. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by a tree falling onto PG&E power lines. The investigation found evidence that PG&E allegedly failed to remove a tree from the proximity of a power line, in violation of the state Public Resources Code section 4293.

• The Lobo Fire, in Nevada County, started the evening of Oct. 8 and burned a total of 821 acres, destroying 47 structures. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by a tree contacting PG&E power lines. The investigation found evidence that Public Resources Code section 4293, which requires adequate clearance between trees and power lines, was allegedly violated.

• The Honey Fire, in Butte County, started in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 and burned a total of 76 acres. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters and no structures were destroyed. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by an Oak branch contacting PG&E power lines. The investigation found evidence that Public Resources Code 4293, which requires adequate clearance between trees and power lines, was allegedly violated.

The McCourtney, Lobo, Honey investigations have been referred to the appropriate county District Attorney’s offices for review.

Californians are encouraged to remain vigilant and prepared for wildfire. For more information, visit www.readyforwildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov
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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-05-25 15:16:11   By: Anonymous
 
They need to bury their lines already.

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    Posted on: 2018-05-26 11:36:55   By: Anonymous
     
    agree 100%

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-05-25 16:58:19   By: Anonymous
 


Cal Fire is the perfect example of an out of control, unaccountable, $$ wasteful rogue government entity.



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    Posted on: 2018-05-25 19:39:41   By: Anonymous
     
    What? They are hero’s aren’t they?

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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
      Posted on: 2018-05-25 19:41:14   By: Anonymous
       
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
        Posted on: 2018-05-26 09:09:22   By: Anonymous
         
        Profanity

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        Re: HAHAHAHAHAHA!
        Posted on: 2018-05-27 08:56:50   By: Anonymous
         
        HaHa boy messed his pants with that last post.
        HAHAHAHA!!!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-05-25 21:52:48   By: Anonymous
 
Cal Fire is the perfect setup for firefighters that work very little so they can build spec houses on the side, get to 50 or 55 and collect a nice pension, and what the heck, play frisbee, and corhhole while parked at houses they are supposed to protect, oh I forgot, never see a fire camp, just the best motels, and eat out like it must be on the taxpayer's dime! Can't believe PGE owns every tree in the forest, they are on the hook every time, DEEP POCKETS, you know!

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    Posted on: 2018-05-26 00:26:40   By: Anonymous
     
    You guys are a bunch of loonies. CalFire does an extraordinary job under very trying circumstances.

    The primary issue is that we have a power distribution system that was built (not designed) in the first half of the twentieth century when California was a rural state. Consider the population growth over the past 90 years:
    1930: 5,677,251
    1950: 10,586,223
    1970: 19,953,134
    1990: 29,760,021
    2010: 38,300,000
    2015: 38,715,000
    The power lines were designed for rural farm lands not our densely populated exurbia. They need to bury the power lines. The billions being paid out in insurance losses, not to mention the liability payments by PGE would help to offset much of the cost. i would support a state referendum that would force PGE to bury their lines.

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      Posted on: 2018-05-26 14:45:54   By: Anonymous
       
      How long have you or someone in your family been working there?

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    Posted on: 2018-05-26 07:29:00   By: Anonymous
     


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-05-26 07:30:22   By: Anonymous
     
    And you are an ameoba

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-05-26 08:42:43   By: Anonymous
       
      In the picture, snapped in the darkness of a Wilton vineyard, Jack Kautz crouches behind a dead buck, smiling as he holds up the animal's head by its freakishly large set of antlers.

      It was a buck for the record books with sprawling antlers about an arm's width apart. If Katuz 52, had been had been able to claim it is a official trophy, he could have added it to his long list of accomplishments detailed on the website of his family's Lodi grape growing business, Ironstone Vineyards.

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    Deep pockets
    Posted on: 2018-05-26 20:42:15   By: Anonymous
     
    You nailed it, problem is the pockets are on my pants...
    As far as placing the lines underground, sounds easy enough but remember we rate payers will be footing that bill also,
    Maybe cal fire could use the money they steal from everyone from their self imposed fire "Fee".... might have to cancel the hookers from the academy party house.

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      Re: Deep pockets
      Posted on: 2018-05-26 21:19:47   By: Anonymous
       
      BINGO!

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      Re: Deep pockets
      Posted on: 2018-05-27 07:15:42   By: Anonymous
       
      Sad but true..... 😂 LOL

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