Did PG&E start the Dixie Fire? Have they even done the clearance ordered after the Camp Fire?

18 Jul

Did PG&E start the Dixie Fire? Well, according to Cal Fire, the fire originated under the same, crumbling PG&E lines that started the Camp Fire.

If you drive into the foothills, it’s obvious that PG&E is not doing the clearance they were ordered to do, at least one federal judge has already called them on it.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-judge-slams-pg-e-efforts-to-trim-trees-near-power-lines-to-prevent-wildfires-11582149085

A judge has actually called for more power shut-offs for safety, saying the trees have not been adequately cleared.

https://www.marinij.com/2021/03/23/judge-mulls-requiring-pge-to-turn-off-power-more-frequently/

My family owns a piece of property in the foothills that was threatened by the Camp Fire. PG&E has sent three different contractors over the last three years, they’ve marked trees on our property that are near our neighbors’ power lines with three different colors of spray paint. They’ve noticed us each time of a specific date that they would be coming onto our property to cut those trees. We’ve driven up to our property and stayed for days with the gate open, but they’ve never shown up. We do our own clean-up, but are not able to cut trees towering over power lines.

So, if you have a good enough imagination, you should drive up Hwy 32 toward Chester, and just imagine every tree along the road fully engulfed. That’s what people experienced escaping Paradise three years ago. You saw the cars with plastic fixtures and paint melted off all over Chico for weeks.

Butte County should also be doing work, all along county roads, the brush is thick under the power lines. Garland Road was a major evacuation route during both the 2008 Paradise fire and the Camp Fire. The brush sticks out so far along the side of that road, right under power lines, trees towering above, it scrapes the side of our truck in many places. Folks we know who live along that road have also been contacted multiple times by various PG&E contractors who never showed up to do the work.

I sent this information, with pictures, to former Enterprise Reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Natalie Hanson but she never responded. Our local media is just crap. I saw this story, a three part series, on the Ch 10 news out of Sacramento – Fire, Power, Money.

Our governor is also to blame. Here we read that Newsome and other California politicians continued to take campaign contributions from PG&E even after the convictions for 84 deaths in Paradise and don’t forget those people incinerated in their homes in San Bruno. The Sonoma Fire. The Zogg Fire. I can’t remember all the fires PG&E has started or people they’ve killed.

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/politics/california-politicians-campaigns-2-million-pge/103-4161feb9-1591-4ffc-9fda-d9c49d7173b8

I wonder, but don’t have time to look it up – how much money has PG&E given Newsome to fight the recall?

6 Responses to “Did PG&E start the Dixie Fire? Have they even done the clearance ordered after the Camp Fire?”

  1. Paradise High School Class on '74 July 19, 2021 at 8:04 am #

    Spot on. I’m in the same situation in Placer County. PGE contractors come around and spray paint trees, then do nothing.

    • Juanita Sumner July 19, 2021 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks, I knew we weren’t the only ones. Our city, county, and state officials license PG&E to operate in our state, they need to hold these assholes accountable. That means we need to hold our elected officials accountable.

      Sometimes I get so mad I just want to have a tar and feathers party. Haha, that would be a good name for a political action committee, huh?

  2. bob July 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm #

    No one ever is held responsible. And that is why these conflagrations will be with us for the rest of our lives.

    No one at PG&E and no politician or bureaucrat was held responsible for the Camp Fire. That is because the system is hopelessly corrupt.

    Heck, not only did Geisha Williams (what a name), the CEO and President of PG&E, NOT spend a single second in prison or even receive a fine, she walked away from PG&E with a golden parachute worth millions! If that is not pure corruption, I don’t know what else is.

    Criminal companies with their criminal CEOs, criminal politicians, criminal bureaucrats…we are surrounded and ruled by criminals!

  3. Tim Taylor August 6, 2021 at 9:37 am #

    We had a very big oak tree killed by the Camp fire and it was just last May after completing about limbs falling down for a year. PG&E hopes the trees will fall down on there own and they don’t need to pay for removal. We complain about that our house was in danger for limbs braking off already. The same thing for years they told us about two weeks and they are going to remove it but no one came. Pacific Graf and Extortion!

    • Juanita Sumner August 6, 2021 at 12:06 pm #

      That’s awful – where’s the town council on this? I’m guessing this why I still see dangerous trees standing all around town.

      I’m so sick of PG&E not being held responsible.

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