PG&E reveals 218 problems that could have caused fires, looking into cables being susceptible to fire
by Peter Zerzan
Nov 30, 2019

PG&E investigators discovered 218 instances where damage to power lines could have started the fires. The cause of the Kincade Fire still remains under investigation. However, while inspecting the power lines after late October shut-offs, investigators found 175 cases of vegetation damage and 24 instances of wind or other damage that could have caused sparking to occur in their lines.

PG&E is also looking into whether jumper cables in the system are susceptible to failure. A jumper cable broke minutes before the Kincade fires last month. The California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection collected the broken jumper cable as evidence in their investigation of the fires.