PG&E admits to causing 2018 Camp Fire


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has responded to the information released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) regarding the November 2018 Camp Fire.

CAL FIRE said it has determined that PG&E electrical transmission lines near Pulga were a cause of the Camp Fire. 

PG&E accepts this determination.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much, and we remain focused on supporting them through the recovery and rebuilding process. We also want to thank the brave first responders who worked tirelessly to save lives, contain the Camp Fire and protect citizens and communities.

While we have not been able to review CAL FIRE’s report, its determination that PG&E transmission lines near the Pulga area ignited the Camp Fire on the morning of November 8, 2018, is consistent with the company’s previous statements. We have not been able to form a conclusion as to whether a second fire ignited as a result of vegetation contact with PG&E electrical distribution lines, as CAL FIRE also determined. PG&E is fully cooperating with all ongoing investigations concerning the Camp Fire.

We remain committed to working together with state agencies and local communities to make our customers and California safer. We are actively working toward this commitment through our comprehensive Community Wildfire Safety Program, which includes:

  • Real-time monitoring and intelligence
  • Enhanced vegetation management practices
  • Re-inspections of our critical electric infrastructure in high fire-threat areas
  • Building a more resilient electric system
  • Proactively shutting down power based on extreme conditions