BREAKING NEWS Bear Fire: 92 additional homes destroyed Full Story

Report: power lines sparked 2 Northern California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Investigators have determined that power lines buffeted by heavy winds ignited at least two small fires the night of Oct. 8 in Northern California neighborhoods.

Posted: Feb 5, 2018 10:28 AM

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Investigators have determined that power lines buffeted by heavy winds ignited at least two small fires the night of Oct. 8 in Northern California neighborhoods.

The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the findings by the Santa Rosa Fire Department are the first public reports into what caused some of the dozens of blazes that erupted that night and became the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history.

The investigation focused on two lesser-known fires that burned separately from the large blazes that swept across the region, destroying 6,200 homes and claiming 40 lives.

In both cases - a fire that destroyed two homes and another that damaged an outbuilding - investigators ruled that winds caused PG&E power lines to arc, throw sparks and set fire to vegetation.

The reports come as parallel state investigations continue.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.)

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 771321

Reported Deaths: 14691
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2561486303
Riverside562011136
Orange512591111
San Bernardino51252838
San Diego43445748
Kern30916333
Fresno27312348
Sacramento20660364
Alameda20097356
Santa Clara19760293
San Joaquin19623399
Stanislaus16052317
Contra Costa15489194
Tulare15361253
Ventura11932138
Imperial11435309
San Francisco1049091
San Mateo9264142
Monterey908965
Santa Barbara8741107
Merced8645131
Kings714477
Sonoma6777110
Marin6477106
Solano600752
Madera426758
Placer337340
San Luis Obispo329326
Yolo271053
Butte269531
Santa Cruz20967
Sutter160810
Napa158013
San Benito125410
Yuba10927
El Dorado10514
Mendocino80818
Lassen7290
Shasta65212
Glenn5393
Colusa4996
Nevada4965
Tehama4843
Humboldt4816
Lake4187
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2163
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1580
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 78°
Oroville
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 74°
Paradise
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 78°
Chester
Broken Clouds
49° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 49°
Red Bluff
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Willows
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 78°
A trough of low pressure is moving over the Pacific Northwest and northern California, and it has already brought cooler air and gusty wind. A slight chance for showers and thunderstorms arrives Friday, but little rain will fall.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events