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This is truly one of the greatest tragedies California has ever faced.
- Governor Jerry Brown (D)
Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes in the deadliest wildfire on record. Social media helps showcase first-hand the destruction caused by the massive fires raging through Northern California, particularly in Santa Rosa located deep in Sonoma County.

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PGE wants law to limit financial liability for wildfires
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) wants to change the law so privately-owned utilities, like itself, are no longer held financially responsible for damage caused by wildfires. The North Bay fires that broke out in October destroyed thous...
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PGE power lines sparked two October fires in Santa Rosa, city says in first investigation
Santa Rosa city fire investigators have determined that PG&E power lines buffeted by heavy winds the night of Oct. 8 ignited at least two small fires in city neighborhoods, marking the first public reports by government authorities into what c...
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Sonoma County to sue PGE over October fires, seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages
Sonoma County officials said Tuesday that they will sue PG&E over the October wildfires, becoming the first government entity to take on the utility giant over its alleged role in the historic infernos. The county is seeking in its planned law...
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California lawmakers seek to stop ‘negligent’ utilities from hiking rates after disasters
A bill introduced by state lawmakers would prohibit electric utilities such as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. from passing on to ratepayers litigation costs or fines associated with their own negligence, creating protections for consumers in the w...
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Damaged PGE equipment found near origins of North Bay fires
State regulators have released previously withheld details in reports filed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. revealing the exact location of damaged transmission equipment found near the ignition points of the wildfires that ravaged Sonoma and Na...
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Why PG&E May Bear the Blame
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is the state’s regulatory agency responsible for policing privately owned public utility companies. Because reports of fires occurred simultaneously with reports of electrical issues, the CPUC is investigating whether PG&E is to blame.
The CPUC is specifically looking into whether inadequate maintenance of PG&E’s power infrastructure started the deadly fires. PG&E has been ordered by the CPUC to preserve all electrical equipment related to the string of fires and provide internal communications regarding the electrical issues and fires since Sunday, October 8th. The president of the CPUC has stated the agency will focus on PG&E’s maintenance history. “PG&E must inform all employees and contractors that they must preserve all electronic (including emails) and non-electronic documents related to potential causes of the fires, vegetation, maintenance and/or tree-trimming,” Elizaveta Malashenko, director of the CPUC’s safety and enforcement division, sent a letter to PG&E ordering it to “preserve all evidence” regarding the fires.