Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

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PG&E Equipment Caused State's Worst Wildfire, Cal Fire Determines

Jenna Lane
May 15, 2019 - 2:10 pm

The Camp Fire, which burned more buildings and killed more people last year than any fire in California's history, was caused by PG&E, according to state investigators. 

PG&E's electrical equipment sparked the November 2018 blaze, according to Cal Fire, which released the results of a probe on Wednesday.

A Cal Fire spokesman told KCBS Radio that the report has been turned over to the Butte County district attorney's office, which may decide to pursue criminal charges. 

"After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity," the report said. 


Investigators found that the fire, which started on November 8, began near Pulga. There were two so-called ignition sites that merged into one fire and spread rapidly. Much of the small city of Paradise was destroyed before the flames were extinguished later in November. 

The fire killed 85 people and destroyed 18,804 structures. 

PG&E has not responded to KCBS Radio's inquiries.