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 risk assessment of the line wrote in an email that “the likelihood of failed structures happening is high.” Despite these warnings, the utility company failed to ensure safety. Following the fatal Camp Fire, PG&E shut down the Caribou-Palermo power line and suggested it may decommission the line altogether, citing equipment problems.
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