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PG&E: Dixie Fire Will Cost $1.15 Billion, Triggers Federal Investigation

Dixie Fire Continues To Burn Through Northern California Forcing Evacuations

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PG&E Corp. says the Dixie Fire will cost the utility at least $1.15 billion — and has triggered a federal investigation.

PG&E said in a regulatory filing Monday that it has received a subpoena by the U.S. attorney’s office in Sacramento over its potential role in the mega-fire. The Dixie Fire burned 963,309 acres over a three-month span and destroyed much of the small Plumas County community of Greenville. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but PG&E previously said its equipment may have been the source of the blaze after a worker in the Feather River Canyon area reported two blown fuses and a tree leaning into a power line conductor on July 13, the date the fire started.

The quarterly report filed Monday confirmed that PG&E received a subpoena from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of California in October. The company is cooperating with the investigation, they said. A spokesperson for the attorney’s office declined to comment Monday, citing the ongoing investigation.

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