Forest Service seized PG&E equipment while investigating Mosquito Fire – Wildfire Today

The fire burned 76,781 acres and destroyed 78 buildings near Foresthill, California

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Mosquito Fire as seen looking at ENE from Auburn’s camera at 5:32 p.m. September 8, 2022. AlertWildfire.

US Forest Service investigators working to determine the cause of the mosquito fire have seized one of Pacific Gas and Electric’s gas and electric transmission poles and the equipment attached to it. According to a report from the company on September 24, the Forest Service said the fire broke out in the area of ​​one of the company’s power lines on Forest Service grounds. PG&E is conducting its own investigation into the cause of the fire.

The agency has not released the cause of the fire, which burned 76,781 acres and destroyed 78 buildings near Foresthill, California, 35 miles northeast of Sacramento.

In October 2020, investigators from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, searching for the cause of the Zogg fire southwest of Redding, seized PG&E equipment. The fire, which burned 56,338 acres, destroyed 204 buildings, and killed four civilians, was caused by a tree connecting to a power line operated by PG&E. In September 2021, the company was charged with premeditated murder and dozens of other charges related to the fire.

In 2018, investigators seized parts of a 99-year-old PG&E transmission tower at the origin of the Camp Fire that burned in Paradise, California killing at least 85 people and displacing thousands. In May 2019, CAL FIRE announced that investigators had determined that the fire was caused by the power line.

The Wall Street Journal (subscription) reported that investigators attributed more than 1,500 fires to PG&E’s power lines and electrical appliances between June 2014 and December 2017. 1999 and 2020.

Firefighters disinfect the Mosquito blaze, which fell in large amounts of rain last week. It still employs 1,248 people.

Thanks and a tip of the hat out to Kelly.

author: Bill Jabert

After working full-time in prairie fires for 33 years, he continues to learn, striving to be a student of fire. View all posts by Bill Gabert

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