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Cal Fire seeks $90 million from utility company for deadly Butte fire sparked by power line

Cal Fire seeks $90 million from utility company for deadly Butte fire sparked by power line

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is seeking $90 million from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after investigators determined its power line sparked a deadly wildfire in the state’s Gold Country last year.

The destructive Butte fire started Sept. 9 when a gray pine came in contact with a PG&E power line conductor near Butte Mountain Road in Amador County, according to a Cal Fire investigation report released Thursday.

From there, burning embers dropped onto dead brush, sparking an uncontrollable fire that killed two people, injured...

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