Pacific Gas & Electric's electrical transmission lines caused the campfire of 2018, California's deadliest wildfires, which closed on Wednesday.
The fire that set in on 8 November killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 homes, shops and other buildings. The Californian Ministry of Forestry and Fire Safety (Cal Fire) announced on Wednesday that after a "very thorough and thorough investigation", it found that the campfire was due to "PG & E electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG & E "Caused. The company announced in February that its equipment was likely to cause the fire.
Government officials said the fire had started near Pulga in Butte County, about 95 miles north of Sacramento, and quickly spread to destroy the city of paradise. Cal Fire said he had forwarded his report to the Butte County District Attorney's Office.
PG & E announced in a previous file that Butte County District Attorney and the California Attorney General had instituted a campfire investigation.
PG & E, the state's largest electricity supplier, has previously reported that the fire has erupted near a tower on the Caribou-Palermo pipeline. The company said in a report to the state regulators that its crews had discovered damage to the tower that was nearly a century old and about 25 years after its useful life.
[Readmoreabout A 99-year-old PG & E Tower which the company had halted, though it had admitted that such structures were threatened with collapse.]  The campfire highlighted the growing threat that forest fires caused by climate change in California pose droughts and heat waves. Gavin Newsom, the governor of the state, outlined a plan in April to reduce the risk of forest fires and find new ways to tackle the huge costs of fires.
Advocates of the Victims of Fire said the state report confirmed Wednesday how many people had been long suspected.
"Now is the day of reckoning," said Frank Pitre, a casualty lawyer based in the Bay Area. "If PG & E wants to do the honorable thing, it should stop spending ten million dollars before the bankruptcy court and set up the compensation plan."
In the event of bankruptcy, the claims of the devastating victims will compete with the claims of bondholders and other PG & E creditors People who have lost their homes through the campfire probably will not know how much the company has them for many months and possibly even pay for years.
Separately, Newsom criticized PG & E on Wednesday, as it has handled its bankruptcy case in a lawsuit claiming that the utility "has not demonstrated that it understands the severity and urgency of the situation".
The request was filed before a hearing on May 22, during which the court will consider a request from PG & E for a further six months to file a reorganization plan. The company did not "deserve the privilege of such a long delay," argued the governorship, as it failed to "correct two decades of mismanagement, misconduct, and failed efforts to improve a sad culture of safety." Newsom suggested that the court adjourn the deadline by mid-August to extend.
PG & E recently appointed a new CEO and added 11 new directors to its board.