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PG&E Says Power Line Tripped Near Start of California's Mosquito Fire

  • The recently inspected line shows no damage, executive says
  • Mosquito Fire in Sierra Nevada foothills started Sept. 6
A plane drops fire retardant during the Mosquito Fire near Michigan Bluff, Calif., on Sept. 7.

A plane drops fire retardant during the Mosquito Fire near Michigan Bluff, Calif., on Sept. 7.

Photographer: Jen Osborne/Bloomberg
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A PG&E Corp. power line in the Sierra Nevada foothills experienced a fault near the start of the Mosquito Fire burning in the area, a company executive said in an interview. 

The US Forest Service placed caution tape around a PG&E pole near the blaze, which started Sept. 6 and has scorched 6,800 acres, according to a report the company filed Thursday with state regulators. The line on the pole tripped offline near the fire’s reported start time, Executive Vice President Sumeet Singh said in an interview. A preliminary inspection after the fire started found the line still suspended from its steel pole, with no signs of contact with a tree, he said.