Cal Fire Clears PG&E of Causing 2017 Tubbs Fire, Offering Financial Relief Amid Bankruptcy Crisis

By [email protected] California fire investigators have cleared Pacific Gas & Electric of starting the 2017 Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people and caused an estimated $17 billion in damages, a finding that could offer the utility financial relief as it prepares to file for bankruptcy protection.

Thursday’s announcement from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), based on a 16-month investigation of the fire that ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties in Oct. 2017, traced the start of the blaze to a private electrical system net to a residential structure, and not PG&E’s equipment, as had been suspected.

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