Tag Archives: California

Wildfire Causes Evacuations in Norco, California

Some 1,500 people affected     NORCO, Calif. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire triggered evacuations and briefly threatened hundreds of homes Tuesday in an equestrian community in the inland region of Southern California, where little rain has fallen this winter. ...

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PG&E Can’t Commit to Expanding Tree-Trimming Force

Judge ordered utility to hire at least 1,100 more trimmers     Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for Pacific Gas & Electric said the utility can’t commit to hiring hundreds more tree trimmers in the way that a ...

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Regulators Increase PG&E Wildfire Fine to $2.1 Billion

Harsher punishment includes a $200 million payment to California’s general fund     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California power regulators on Thursday slapped Pacific Gas & Electric with a $2.1 billion fine for igniting ...

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Amid Dry Winter, California Worries About Drought and Wildfires

Abnormally dry before wildfire season     By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials are bracing for the potential of another drought and an early and more intense wildfire season amid a record-breaking warm and dry February. ...

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California Wildfire Victims Fear Being Last in PG&E Payout

Victims, agencies, and lawyers at odds     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California’s catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to ...

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PG&E CEO Blames Past Management for Problems

“No more disasters, no more catastrophes, no more fatalities.”     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson blamed negligence by the company’s past management for a cascade of catastrophes that killed ...

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PG&E Fires Contractor after Wildfire Probe

Utility was over-billed for debris removal     PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has fired a contractor hired to haul debris from the site of a deadly 2018 Northern California wildfire, saying the company was over-billing the ...

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‘Gopher Bomb’ Likely Cause of California Brush Fire

Seven acres burned in Contra Costa County     BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A bomb used to get rid of gophers may have started a brush fire in a Northern California suburb, authorities told the East Bay Times. The fire ...

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Judge: California Fund Can Offer Only Fire Insurance

Known as the “insurer of last resort,” it only offers fire insurance     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A fund that offers only fire insurance to California residents in wildfire-prone areas can’t be required to provide coverage for other hazards ...

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Judge Rips PG&E for Poor Safety Record Leading to Wildfires

Alsup blasted PG&E for its abysmal track record     By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ripped into Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday, saying its executives have put greed before safety and ...

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