PG&E power line may have sparked Butte Fire

Sep 16, 2015 9:03 PM by News Staff, Photo: Matt Nauman/PG&E Corporate Relations

Officials say a Pacific Gas and Electric power line that came into contact with a tree may have sparked the deadly Butte Fire.

In a CAL Fire incident briefing in Angels Camp today, Barry Anderson, PG&E vice president of emergency preparedness and operations, said: “While we don’t have all the facts yet, a live tree may have contacted a PG&E line in the vicinity of the ignition point. We are cooperating fully with CAL FIRE in an investigation of whether this could have been a source of ignition for the Butte fire.”

Calaveras County coroner Kevin Raggio says two bodies were found Tuesday inside burnt homes, which were destroyed by the fire. The Butte fire has burned at least 233 homes and scorched 71,780 acres as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

An estimated 400 people are still without power in Amador and Calveras counties.


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