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PG&E Ordered to Explain How It Missed Rusty Hooks Near Camp Fire

A burned-out vehicle sits after the Camp Fire in Paradise, California in 2018.
A burned-out vehicle sits after the Camp Fire in Paradise, California in 2018.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The judge overseeing PG&E Corp.’s criminal probation ordered the utility to explain how its equipment inspections overlooked rusty, worn hooks on power transmission towers near the origin of California’s deadliest wildfire.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued the order Wednesday in response to a report by an expert witness with photographs of rusty c-hooks on a transmission line near the site of the 2018 Camp Fire in the Sierra foothills that killed 85 people and destroyed the town of Paradise. Alsup directed the utility to provide full details and records of its own inspections.