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PG&E Equipment Tied to Some of Deadliest Wine Country Fires

  • California says there’s evidence of alleged violations by PG&E
  • Fires caused billions of dollars in damages, killed 44 people
PG&E employees work to fix downed power lines burned by wildfires in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 12, 2017.
PG&E employees work to fix downed power lines burned by wildfires in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 12, 2017.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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California investigators have determined that equipment owned by PG&E Corp. caused some of the most devastating wildfires that tore through Northern California in October. Shares slid in after-markets trading.

PG&E equipment ignited some of the largest and deadliest of the so-called Wine Country blazes, including the Redwood fire that killed nine; Atlas Fire that burned 51,624 acres and claimed the lives of six; and Nuns fire that killed at least two, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement. The agency said there’s evidence of alleged violations of state law by PG&E in connection with eight of the 12 fires that its equipment sparked and referred its findings to county prosecutors.