PG&E says its equipment possibly linked to big wildfire

California Wildfires

Jessica Bell takes a video as the Dixie Fire burns along Highway 70 in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Friday, July 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have been involved in the start of a fire burning in the Sierra Nevada that is threatening hundreds of homes.

PG&E said in a report to the California Public Utilities Commission that a repairman responding to a circuit outage on July 13 spotted blown fuses in a conductor atop a pole, a tree leaning into the conductor and fire at the base of the tree.

The blaze is burning northeast of the town of Paradise, where a 2018 fire that was started by PG&E equipment killed 85 people.

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