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PG&E permanently de-energizes transmission line that caused Camp Fire

The Caribou-Palermo transmission line that was identified by CAL FIRE to have caused the Camp Fire was permanently de-energized by PG&E.

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 5:47 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2019 10:24 PM

UPDATE 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - Action News Now spoke with several Camp Fire survivors who reacted to PG&E's decision to permanently de-energize the Caribou-Palermo transmission line.

"I think it's good to help prevent future fires because there is still fuel here to burn and I'd hate to see the town burn again, but if it doesn't happen here it's going to happen somewhere else," said Jessamy Cartwright, a Camp FIre survivor.

"I think it's a little too late for that, but if it helps another town, if we learn from our experience and it helps someone else along the way that's great, but I really do think PG&E messed up," said Debs Kislingbury-Boivie, a Camp FIre survivor.

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PARADISE, Calif. - The Caribou-Palermo transmission line that was identified by CAL FIRE to have caused the Camp Fire was permanently de-energized by PG&E. 

By order of the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E hired a private third-party scientific and engineering consulting firm to look at the line to determine its safety and produce a report that will be released in a couple of months.   

The line has been inactive since December, but this announcement made Wednesday means that the transmission line will be taken down. 

PG&E is working with another third-party generator company to provide power to customers along the Caribou-Palermo line. 

During other wildfire safety inspections, PG&E also discovered that the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito line that runs through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area also had "several high-priority issues." 

Ten of the 11 towers in high-fire-danger areas will need to be replaced. 

A list of all repairs that will be made will be released on July 15. 

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