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Major California Wildfires were Caused by Power Cable


An electricity cable is the cause of the large wildfires that burned large parts of northern California last summer. That is the conclusion of state researchers.


Investigators determined the fire “was caused by a tree that came into contact with Pacific Gas & Electric electrical distribution lines west of Cresta Dam.”

That’s according to a statement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire, which started on July 13, burned nearly 3,900 square kilometres of land and destroyed 1,329 buildings. The fire was not brought under control until October 25. It was the second-largest fire ever in California.

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