Historic fire that destroyed nearly a million acres caused by utility firm’s equipment, officials say

A utility company’s power cables sparked last summer’s lethal Dixie Fire in California, which swept through five counties and destroyed more than 1,300 homes and other buildings, state officials have said.

They said the blaze broke out near Sierra Nevada on 13 July, after a tree hit electrical distribution lines operated by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the largest utility firm in the United States.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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