Power lines and electrical equipment are a leading cause of California wildfires
OCT 17, 2017 | IVAN PENN | Los Angeles Times
Electrical power problems sparked the burning of 149,241 acres, according to data about 2015, the most recent year reported. (Oct. 17, 2017)
The deadliest wildfires in state history have raised questions about whether a repeat culprit might again be to blame for starting or spreading at least some of the Northern California blazes: utility companies and their equipment.
The explosive failure of power lines and other electrical equipment has regularly ranked among the top three singular sources of California wildfires for the last several years. In 2015, the last year of reported data, electrical power problems sparked the burning of 149,241 acres — more than twice the amount from any other cause.