PG&E Says Its Equipment May Be Linked To Fire


The Tamarack Fire burns in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, Calif., on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)


Update: July 22, 2021 9:45am

Dixie Fire spread from 85,479 acres to 103,910 acres Wednesday night and is 17% contained. 

Still moving East and North Dixie Fire is above the Cresta Dam, Feather River Canyon in Butte County. Cal Fire reports, crews continued to aggressively fight the fire to increase and strengthen control lines. It is currently unknown when full containment is expected.


Update: July 21, 2021 12:15pm

Dixie Fire spread from 59,984 acres to 85,479 acres over night and is still 15% contained.

Still moving East and North Dixie Fire is above the Cresta Dam, Feather River Canyon in Butte County. Cal Fire reports, crews continued to aggressively fight the fire to increase and strengthen control lines. It is currently unknown when full containment is expected.


Update: July 20,2021 10:43am

Dixie Fire spread from 30,074 acres 59,984 acres and 15% contained over night.

Still moving East and North Dixie Fire is above the Cresta Dam, Feather River Canyon in Butte County. Cal Fire reports, crews continued to aggressively fight the fire to increase and strengthen control lines. It is currently unknown when full containment is expected.


A major wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada may have begun from Pacific Gas & Electric equipment.

PG&E said a repair man responding to a circuit outage on July 13, “spotted blown fuses in a conductor atop a pole, a tree leaning into the conductor and fire at the base of the tree,” in a report to the California Public Utilities Commission on Sunday.

As of Monday morning, the Dixie Fire is reported to be 30,074 acres, spreading from around 18,000 acres on Sunday.

The wildfire burned to the east and north overnight, burning in remote areas with limited access and steep terrain and led officials to close part of State Route 70, according to Cal Fire.

“PG&E says the worker wasn’t able to get to the scene until nearly 10 hours later because a bridge on the road to the line was out of service. When he got there he saw that two fuses had been blown, that a tree was leaning on the line and that a fire was burning near the tree.” Ted Goldberg continued to tweet, “PG&E says its workers alerted Cal Fire, which by that time had already gotten a report from one of its own crews and had already assigned air tankers and helicopters to respond.”

Read the full incident report here.

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