Investigators determine Camp Fire was caused by PG&E transmission lines

Black Hawk helicopter drops water on Camp Fire in northern California

That blaze was overrun by the fire originating in Pulga, officials said. Now investigators have made their conclusion.

California's attorney general could file criminal charges.

Shares of San Francisco-based PG&E initially fell 3.1 percent in after-hours trading following release of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) statement announcing findings of its investigation of the blaze.

PG&E CEO Bill Johnson testifies before the state Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee in Sacramento on May 15, 2019.

"All should be mindful of PG&E's history of over two decades of mismanagement, misconduct and failed efforts to improve a woeful safety culture", Newsom's office writes.

Johnson took over PG&E on May 1 after former CEO Geisha Williams stepped down and the utility replaced half of its 20-member board of directors.

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Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told The Associated Press she was not surprised that PG&E lines had sparked the blaze. It also completely destroyed the town of Paradise, burned a total of 153,336 acres, and destroyed 18,804 structures.

"It's nice to have a definite answer", Jones said.

PG&E had reportedly considered cutting power in the area because of the high winds and unsafe conditions but chose not to do so.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. shouldn't get an extra six months to reorganize.

The utility company filed for bankruptcy in January to protect itself against billions of dollars in lawsuits.

Its reorganization plan is due by the end of May, but the utility has requested an extension until November. He's asking the court to instead grant an extension through August.

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As bankruptcy proceedings for the utility move forward, Newsom is urging the Legislature to consider changing liability laws for utilities.

The suit also alleges that PG&E had planned to de-energize power lines as a precaution against starting a fire but canceled those plans despite windy conditions.

Cal Fire said the Camp Fire in Butte County was caused by Pacific Gas and Electricity electrical transmission lines.

The Camp Fire started on the morning of November 8, 2018, and burned for more than two weeks.

During the investigation, authorities located a second ignition site near the intersection of Concow and Rim roads. The second fire was quickly consumed by the initial fire.

Lynsey Paulo, a spokeswoman for PG&E, did not immediately comment. Eighty-five people were killed and almost 19,000 structures destroyed.

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The company then filed for bankruptcy, expressing doubt that it would be able to remain in business after a $6.9 billion loss in 2018 as a result of the wildfire, according to the local station.

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