Official Cause Of The 'Camp Fire' Released By Cal Fire

Black Hawk helicopter drops water on Camp Fire in northern California

State fire investigators have determined that transmission lines owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co caused the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California, a blaze that killed 85 people past year, officials said on Wednesday. Flames consumed more than 150,000 acres of land and destroyed more than 18,800 structures.

The fire killed 85 people and nearly completely incinerated the town of Paradise.

"The investigation identified a second ignition sight near the intersection of Concow Rd. and Rim Rd".

California authorities said Wednesday that power lines owned and operated by the Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.

A Cal Fire spokeswoman said the investigators' report had been furnished to the Butte County District Attorney's Office for further review.

"In addition to claims for property damage, business interruption, interest and attorneys' fees, the Utility could be liable for fire suppression costs, evacuation costs, medical expenses, personal injury damages, punitive damages and other damages under other theories of liability, including if the Utility were found to have been negligent", the company said.

PG&E works on power lines to fix damage caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 21, 2018.

At an oversight hearing in the state Assembly, PG&E's new CEO Bill Johnson said he's committed to making the company accountable to customers and victims. He called the release of the report symbolic because it has been long known that PG&E's equipment caused the fire.

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Johnson took over PG&E on May 1 after former CEO Geisha Williams stepped down and the utility replaced half of its 20-member board of directors.

Cal Fire announced the results of their investigation on Wednesday, six months after the wildfire that almost wiped out the town of Paradise.

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones told The Associated Press she was not surprised that PG&E lines had sparked the blaze.

The company remains under criminal probation from its conviction for a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion near San Francisco and is a defendant in numerous private civil cases stemming from wildfires.

PG&E's bankruptcy reorganization plan is due by the end of May, but it has requested an extension until November.

A representative for PG&E did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

PG&E had already admitted it was likely to blame, and filed for protective bankruptcy in January to shield itself against billions of dollars in fire-related liability lawsuits.

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