While wildfires are no stranger to the dry California landscape, many of these devastating fires and their subsequent damage has arisen from avoidable situations. According to recent estimates, California’s Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) sparked at least 1,500 wildfires between 2016 – 2019.
Unquestionably, one of the most devastating of these fires was the Camp Wildfire in 2018, which decimated Paradise and other towns in Butte County. That fire alone claimed the lives of at least 85 people and destroyed upwards of 18,000 properties.
One year before the Camp Fire, PG&E was also implicated in the wave of storms now dubbed the “Wine Country Fires.” Some of the most destructive NorCal blazes included Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa, Nuns Fire near Sonoma, and Atlas Fire near Napa.
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