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PG&E employee dies after accident tied to the Carr fire, company says

PG&E employee dies after accident tied to the Carr fire, company says
An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Carr fire as it spreads toward the town of Lewiston near Redding. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee doing restoration work in Shasta County died Saturday, a company spokesman said.

"The safety of our employees, contractors and communities we serve is PG&E's top priority," said company spokesman J.D. Guidi. "My thoughts are with those involved in the incident and their families."

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The employee was doing restoration work late Saturday afternoon in a remote area of western Shasta County in "dangerous terrain" when the worker suffered a fatal accident, Guidi said.

The death marks the seventh fatality tied to the Carr fire.

A Redding firefighter, a private bulldozer operator and four civilians have also been killed.

PG&E crews in recent days have moved into western Redding and the surrounding rural communities, where they're replacing burned power poles, clearing fallen power lines and restoring power across the region.

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