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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 …

Wildfire Burning in California Mountains Grows

GOLETA, Calif. — A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames would be doused, authorities said. The fire …

Rich Californians Shell Out $30,000 to Avoid Blackout Pain

Ebony Lopez’s electric company in Napa wine country used to get a handful of inquiries a week from people asking about generators. After PG&E Corp. shut power to millions of Californians last month, it’s more like 10 to 15 calls …

California’s Wildfire Crisis Is Roiling Its Insurance Market

Lauris Bye, a homebuilding industry veteran who moved to Southern California’s wildfire-prone hills decades ago, felt confident about the newly built house he was buying about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. It had safety features tucked into the …

California’s Housing Crunch is Pushing Developers Deeper into Dangerous Fire Zones

The Santa Ana winds were blowing as Greg Medeiros ducked behind his Chevy Tahoe on a remote hillside 25 miles from the edge of Los Angeles’s sprawl. He gestured to the valley below, describing his vision of Centennial, the city …

Winds Raise Fire Threat as Power Cuts Feared in California

Almost 32,000 customers could lose power Sunday as dry, gusty winds whip up critical wildfire conditions across almost 6,000 square miles in Southern California, with another 250,000 affected in the northern part of the state later in the week. The …

PG&E Is Offering $13.5 Billion in Compensation to Wildfire Victims

Bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. is trying to offer $13.5 billion in compensation to the victims of wildfires sparked by its power lines as part of a restructuring plan, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The company’s shares …

California City Didn’t Burn but Fire Brought New Way of Life

CHICO, Calif. — Amber Blood got to Chico on Nov. 8, 2018, wearing pink slacks and her favorite white peacoat. It was all she had left. Blood was among tens of thousands forced to flee as a wildfire roared through …

As Paradise Rebuilds, a Divide Over Safety a Year After Fire

PARADISE, Calif. — There was “no way in hell” Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She’d thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. …

Judge Grills PG&E Over Cable That Failed Before Massive Wildfire

A federal judge overseeing the probation of utility giant PG&E Corp. is demanding information on a power line that failed minutes before a massive wildfire broke out in Northern California last month. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered PG&E to …