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What Happens When the Next Big Wildfire Hits?

Don’t be fooled by the precipitation, the snowpack, the wildflowers. When winter ends, it’s unlikely that California’s iconic landscape will sustain the moisture to withstand the 100-degree summer and fall. Judy Lin CALmatters State fire officia...

What Happens if PG&E Goes Bankrupt?

Investigators are massing. Lawsuits are mounting. The death toll in Butte County's historic Camp Fire stands at 88, so far. by Judy Lin CALmatters State laws make power companies especially liabl...
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Did PG&E Problem Spark Deadly Paradise Blaze?

A utility is facing increasing criticism following a deadly blaze that leveled a Northern California town and killed at least 42 people. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. told state regulators last week it detected a problem on an electrical transmission line ...