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PG&E transmission lines caused deadly 2018 Camp Fire, Cal Fire says

Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise California

The report was not made public. He called Cal Fire's decision to forward its report to Butte County "strictly symbolic." because it has been long known that PG&E's equipment caused the fire. Wood, a forensic dentist, also said he helped identify victims in fires in his district, and in the Camp Fire in Paradise. Ramsey said he could have charged PG&E with misdemeanors with a maximum fine of $1,000.

The utility and its parent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 29, facing lawsuits in the billions of dollars related to wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

"We remain committed to working together with state agencies and local communities to make our customers and California safer", the statement added.

Last month, PG&E named William Johnson - previously the CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority - as its CEO.

CAL Fire investigators have released details determining the official cause of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history as fires sparking from two ignition points.

Cal Fire says a devastating wildfire that killed 85 people was caused by power lines owned by Pacific Gas & Electric.

The suit alleges the blaze started when electrical infrastructure owned, operated and maintained by PG&E failed, causing a spark that ignited the blaze.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted the utility in a court filing related to the company's bankruptcy case.

In January, PG&E filed for protection from creditors under U.S. bankruptcy law.

PG&E did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on Wednesday.

"The first thing that I'm going to do is bring an intense focus back to the fundamentals of operating a utility system", Johnson said.

The fire started in the early morning hours near the community of Pulga in Butte County. One resulted from vegetation coming in contact with a conductor, but they were not specific about the second source.

In response, Cal Fire released a report in April with a list of 35 projects that could reduce fuel for wildfires.

Next year, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will begin removing shrubs and trees in the Lompoc Valley to reduce fuel for wildfires. The utility filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the aftermath of the 2018 Camp Fire, which the utility has said was likely sparked by its equipment.