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PG&E reveals that its utility equipment could have caused a 53 acre fire in Kern County back in May

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 18:30:35-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric revealed to a federal judge that its utility equipment issues may have caused fires in some California counties, including Kern County.

According to the court documents, on May 30 and May 31 a Belridge fire burned 53 acres after a power line fell causing the grass to catch on fire. The documents also said that a PG&E worker had identified a broken tie wire -- but it was not fixed in time.

Other counties that PG&E's equipment may have caused fires in included Fresno, Mariposa and Butte.

On Wednesday, PG&E started shutting off power in some areas statewide to help prevent wildfires caused by high winds.