PG&E Files With State Regulators Over Power Line That Faulted the Day of The Mosquito Fire.
The official cause is still under investigation.
Bloomberg reports that power company PG&E said one of their lines “tripped” on the day the Mosquito Fire started. Employees from the Forest Service have taped off the power pole close to where the fire initially started. PG&E has filed a report with the State of California and regulators. The company says there were no signs of a tree contacting the line and said the line is still standing.
A PG&E official was quoted as saying “we did detect a fault on the line itself but don’t know what caused that”. Due to this discovery they filed a report with State regulators out of an “abundance of caution”. The official cause is still under investigation.
The McKinney Fire, another destructive California blaze, started on the Klamath National Forest. NBC reported that a Pacific Power Corporation circuit had issues right before that fire started. 300 customers lost power in the area right before the fire started. The official cause of that fire is still undetermined.
This week the Governor of California said the State might experience rolling blackouts and urged residents to keep thermostats at 78 degrees or higher and to not charge electric vehicles. The tension between California residents and their power suppliers seems to not be improving.
The State of California also admitted this year that PG&E is the largest approved company to seed clouds in the State. Maybe it’s not a surprise to others, but I’m shocked the State has given the largest power supplier the most control over man made rainfall in the State. Seems like a lot of “power” to give one Corporation.
The Mosquito Fire has consumed over 33,000 acres and is burning in two counties. The fire has already cost $2M and I’m sure that will continue to rise over the course of the fire.
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