High-voltage power line broke near origin of massive California fire that forced thousands of evacuations

Oct 24, 2019

(WP) - A fast-moving wildfire, spurred by powerful winds, burned through Northern California on Thursday and forced thousands of people to evacuate parts of Sonoma County — the rural wine country 75 miles north of San Francisco that is still recovering from a deadly 2017 blaze.

Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility, told state regulators on Thursday that a jumper on one of its transmission towers broke close to where officials say the Kincade Fire started, near Geyserville.

Although PG&E cut power in the area on Wednesday afternoon amid dangerous weather, stretches of the company’s high voltage power transmission lines — which were responsible for the state’s deadliest wildfire ever — were still operating in the area when the fire broke out, the utility said in a statement.

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