Monthly Archives: March 2019

New Evidence: PG&E Knew About, Ignored Fire Risk

New evidence shows that PG&E was aware of safety concerns surrounding the 100-year-old transmission line that likely started the Camp Fire in November 2018. Documents obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit indicate that PG&E left temporary wooden poles on the Caribou-Palermo power line for three years, despite knowing they posed serious wildfire risks. In 2012, five towers holding up the line collapsed during a winter storm. Furthermore, in 2014, a PG&E employee performing a …. Read More

Drinking Water Deemed Unsafe After Paradise, CA Camp Fire

In the aftermath of the November 2018 Camp Fire that blazed through Paradise, CA, residents are facing another obstacle as they try to rebuild their lives in their hometown: unsafe drinking water. The fire that destroyed thousands of buildings and vehicles contaminated drinking water pipes, as toxic chemicals seeped underground. While the extent of the …. Read More

Health Guidelines for Re-opening Businesses after Camp Fire

Butte County Environmental Health has announced a set of guidelines to ensure customer safety as food establishments are re-opened following the deadly Camp Fire of November 2018 that destroyed 19,000 commercial properties, residences, and other structures. Prior to conducting business, food facilities in Camp Fire affected areas that do not exclusively sell pre-packaged food will be …. Read More

PG&E Admits Its Equipment Likely Caused Camp Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said it is “probable” that its equipment caused the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Following allegations of poor equipment maintenance, the company cited a damaged tower as the Camp Fire’s likely origin. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January 2019 to cover potential liabilities following two years of devastating wildfires across Northern …. Read More

Water Contamination in Camp Fire Burn Area

State officials of Butte County, California have warned residents not to use tap water due to possible contamination following the Camp Fire. Unsafe levels of bacteria and chemicals were found in recent tests of storm water runoff. Officials are recommending that Camp Fire victims with shallow wells have their water tested for pollutants such as iron and …. Read More