Camp Fire News

These Scientists Are Studying Why California Keeps Burning

Residents of fire-ravaged Western states, and an entire world of observers looking on in horror, have asked themselves, “How can this be happening?” As fire last week taunted Paradise, California, destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire, many others have found …

California Homeowners Are Doomed to Repeat Their Past Mistakes

On Oct. 8, 2017, sparks from private electric equipment set fire to the dry hills of Northern California’s wine country, but it was only once the flames jumped from the grasslands to densely packed Santa Rosa that the destruction intensified. …

PG&E Exits Bankruptcy After Wildfires Pushed It to Brink of Ruin

Nearly a year and a half after collapsing under $30 billion in liabilities from wildfires sparked by its equipment, PG&E Corp. has emerged from the biggest utility bankruptcy in U.S. history. The California power giant said in a statement Wednesday …

PG&E Plan Has Broad Support From Fire Victims, Lawyers Say

Lawyers for more than half the wildfire victims who negotiated a $13.5 billion settlement with PG&E Corp. say their clients plan to vote overwhelmingly in favor of the bankrupt utility’s reorganization plan. The attorneys represent about 40,300 of the estimated …

PG&E Won’t Make Victims of Deadly Fire Pay Its Criminal Fine

PG&E Corp. won’t tap a fund for wildfire victims to pay $4 million in fines and expenses for involuntary manslaughter, avoiding a possible hurdle to its exit from bankruptcy. Insurers with claims against PG&E in bankruptcy agreed to wait 15 …

PG&E to Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter for Fire

PG&E Corp. agreed to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the deadliest wildfire in California history. The bankrupt utility will pay $4 million in fines for its role in the 2018 Camp Fire, which was sparked by PG&E …

PG&E Power Line Hooks Found Wrapped in Tape, Fire Victims Say

A recent inspection of a PG&E Corp. transmission line uncovered equipment issues similar to those cited as the cause of the deadliest fire in California history, according to lawyers for wildfire victims. During a December inspection, an expert for the …

PG&E Soars After Striking a $13.5 Billion Deal With Fire Victims

PG&E Corp. surged to a two-month high after reaching a $13.5 billion settlement with the victims of wildfires ignited by its power lines — a major step toward resolving the biggest utility bankruptcy in U.S. history. The agreement, announced late …

PG&E Could Have Prevented Deadly California Fire, State Says

Bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. for years failed to properly inspect and maintain its transmission system — an oversight that led a live wire to fall and ignite the deadliest blaze in California history last year, state investigators said. A …

PG&E Probing Whether Cables at Risk of Failing and Causing Fires

PG&E Corp. is trying to determine whether other jumper cables along its system may be susceptible to failure after one broke in October, minutes before the massive Kincade wildfire ignited in Northern California wine country. PG&E said it was looking …