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PG&E disputes Wall Street Journal report it ignored 'warning signs' surrounding devastating Camp Fire

Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 12:40:41-04

PG&E is disputing a report that it ignored warning signs before the devastating Camp Fire but admits it needs to do more to prevent another one.

The company denies a Wall Street Journal report that the utility knew for years that parts of its transmission system posed a wildfire risk but did not fix them. The Journal report says PG&E knew that 49 of the steel towers that carry the electrical line that failed needed to be replaced.

PgG&E says it needs to do more "to combat the threat of wildfires and extreme weather while hardening our systems."

According to the Associated Press, "The cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, but firefighters located the start of the fire near a tower on PG&E’s Caribou-Palermo transmission line. PG&E says that transmission line lost power right before the fire and was later found to be damaged."

In June, PG&E agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments for blazes linked to its power lines, poles and other equipment