PG&E source believes downed power lines, blown transformers started deadly North Bay fires

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The ABC7 News I-Team has spoken with a current PG&E lineman who believes downed power lines and exploding transformers may have sparked the wildfires raging in the North Bay. (KGO-TV)

The ABC7 News I-Team has spoken with a current PG&E lineman who believes downed power lines and exploding transformers may have sparked the wildfires raging in the North Bay.

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The lineman wants to remain anonymous, but the I-Team reviewed emergency dispatch recordings and in the early moments of this disaster, several calls came in about power lines falling in the high winds and transformers exploding.

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He also told the I-Team customers may also be to blame, because they often resist when crews try to cut back vegetation.

PG&E sent the I-Team this statement: PG&E maintains an unwavering focus on delivering safe and reliable electric and gas service to the customers and communities that we serve. The historic wind event that swept across PG&E's service area late Sunday and early Monday packed hurricane-strength winds in excess of 75 mph in some cases. These destructive winds, along with millions of trees weakened by years of drought and recent renewed vegetation growth from winter storms, all contributed to some trees, branches and debris impacting our electric lines across the North Bay. In some cases we have found instances of wires down, broken poles and impacted infrastructure. Where those have occurred, we have reported them to our state utility regulator and CalFire. Our thoughts are with all those individuals who were impacted by these devastating wildfires. We want our customers, families and friends to know that we will stand beside them and work together throughout this restoration process.

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