The Latest: PG&E Explains No Power Shut-Off Before Camp Fire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – Pacific Gas & Electric Company says in a new filing that it determined weather conditions were no longer dangerous enough to warrant a power shut off the afternoon of Nov. 8, hours after a wind-whipped fire was already destroying parts of Butte County. The utility explains why it didn’t follow through on warnings to shut off power in a state filing Tuesday. PG&E warned roughly 70,000 customers Nov. 6 it might shut off power in nine counties, including Butte, due to fire risk from high winds and low humidity. The report says by 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 weather conditions no longer warranted a potential shut off. By then the fire had already destroyed parts of Paradise. Spokeswoman Megan McFarland says the utility’s shut-off plan “is not deployed as a response to an active fire.”


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