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California Butte Wild Fire May Have Been Prevented

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wildfire_lawsuitAmador County, CA: The huge environmental disaster called the Butte wildfire raging in the southern California counties of Amador and Calaveras, may have been caused by a tree hitting a Pacific Gas and Electric power line. While the fires are currently under investigation by Cal Fire, PG&E Emergency Preparedness and Operations Vice President Barry Anderson told KCRA.com news "While we don't have all the facts yet, a live tree may have contacted a PG&E line in the vicinity of the ignition point."

So far, two people have died in the fire, 223 homes have been consumed as well as many other structures, Cal Fire reports.

PG&E is reviewing inspection and patrol data from this year and last in the area near the tree, presumably to determine if the landscape was properly maintained. The treed areas near the power lines are supposed to be maintained so that the trees do not interfere with the power lines. It has yet to be determined whether this disaster, which will costs into the millions of dollars, could have been prevented. Currently, crews for PG&E are working to repair an estimated 400 power lines that supply power to thousands of residents who are currently making do with generators and other makeshift arrangements.



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