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CPUC: PG&E transmission tower broke near origin of Kincade Fire

A PG&E transmission tower broke near the origin of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, right around the time the fire broke out, California Public Utilities Commission said.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 5:15 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2019 10:41 AM

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. - A PG&E transmission tower broke near the origin of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, right around the time the fire broke out, California Public Utilities Commission said.

It happened around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, PG&E said it became aware of the outage on a 230,000-volt transmission line, "when the line relayed and did not reclose," according to a report with the California Public Utilities Commission.

CAL FIRE has not said if this was the cause of the fire.

RELATED: Crews battle 10,000-acre Kincade Fire

PG&E had cut power to nearly 28,000 Sonoma County homes, but not to high-voltage transmission lines.

However, PG&E did not turn off its 230,000-volt and 115,000-volt transmission lines that were in the area, according to PG&E. 

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