PG&E already indicated last month that the fire may have started after a problem with the power shaft. A tree could have fallen on him. The research should show whether this was the cause of the Dixie Fire, which devastated the village of Greenville, among other things. It is the largest fire currently raging in the United States.
In recent years, California has seen more devastating fires after problems with PG&E equipment. According to authorities in the state, this included the 2018 camp fire that killed dozens. The company entered into a multi-billion dollar settlement in 2019 with fire survivors in 2017 and 2018.
The company has also been prosecuted for its role in fatal accidents in the past and remains under surveillance. Federal Judge William Allsopp, who has now requested information about the origin of the Dixie fire, is overseeing it. PG&E told The Washington Post that it will respond to Alsup’s request before the deadline.
PG&E announced last month that it plans to bury 10,000 miles (16,000 km) of overhead power cable to reduce the risk of fires. In the past, PG&E thought doing it on a large scale was too expensive, but now it believes it has found a way to make it more affordable, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the company, it is still possible to share an amount of 15-20 billion dollars, transferring about 12 billion to 17 billion euros.
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