2,000 fires in California.... Sia☺giah
Over the span of 3 years, utility equipment ignited at least
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:19pm


Over the span of 3 years, utility equipment ignited at least 2,000 fires in California

10:21 p.m.

Power lines.
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From June 2014 to December 2017, equipment owned by the three largest utilities in California sparked more than 2,000 fires across the state, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric must file annual reports with state regulators, listing any fires that broke out due to their electrical equipment. Most of the fires from June 2014 to December 2017 burned less than 10 acres, with PG&E the worst offender, reporting 1,552 equipment-related fires. The report did not include any of the state's most destructive wildfires, because the companies do not want their equipment linked to devastating blazes before investigations are finished, the Times reports. During this time period, the companies were cited nine times, and fined for electrical safety violations.

There are more than 250,000 miles of power lines and 4.2 million utility poles in California, and it is the responsibility of the utilities to make sure that trees and vegetation are trimmed so they aren't touching equipment. The California Public Utilities Commission has just 19 employees dedicated to checking on equipment, teaching preventative safety, and conducting investigations. Lawmakers are now trying to come up with a way to improve regulatory oversight and hold the companies accountable for starting fires, with ideas including forming a new state department to enforce safety and investing in new technology so regulators have better access to equipment data.

—Catherine Garcia


This is UNBELIEVABLE !! The recent Paradise fire that killed dozens and leveled almost the entire town was started by a spark one of the utility companies is responsible for !! There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for 3,000 fires, or approximately 1,000 fires per year... and that's only the ones reported that aren't still under investigation !!

With the destruction and loss of life associated with wildfires, often started by sparks from utility poles and downed wires, the STATE only has 19 employees to check on equipment, teach prevention & safety, and conduct investigations ?? WTH ?? How MUCH do they spend on fighting those out of control fires compared to the salaries of their inspectors ??

WHY aren't these companies being fined ENORMOUS SUMS OF MONEY for the costs of all of those fires and made responsible for CIVIL SUITS for lives lost ??

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