Dixie Fire started with tree into power line, Cal Fire says

Cal Fire investigators have determined the Dixie Fire was started when a tree contacted an electrical distribution line on July 13, 2021.

The distribution line near the Cresta Dam in the Feather River Canyon is owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The investigative report has been sent to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office, the state fire agency said in a press release Tuesday.

In a report submitted to the California Public Utility Commission about a week after the fire started in July, PG&E said its equipment may have been responsible for starting the Dixie Fire.

The Dixie Fire burned for 103 days before it was fully contained on Oct. 25. When firefighters finished fighting it, the Dixie Fire totaled 963,309 acres.

It burned part of five counties: Butte, Shasta, Lassen, Plumas and Tehama.

Along the way, the fire destroyed 1,329 structures and damaged another 95. Much of the community of Greenville in Plumas County was destroyed.

There was one fatality, a first responder who was suffering from a previous illness. Two water tender operators who worked the fire also died, both from COVID-19.

Butte County along with Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama counties announced a lawsuit against PG&E on Oct. 20, 2021.

PG&E pleaded guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in June 2020 for the deadly 2018 Camp Fire and is a convicted felon.

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