October 24, 2019 / 11:38 PM / 21 days ago

PG&E transmission tower broke near origin of Kincade fire -paper

Oct 24 (Reuters) - A PG&E Corp power transmission tower broke near the origin point of the Kincade fire raging in Sonoma County, the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper said on Thursday.

Citing a report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission, the paper said that at 9:20 p.m., PG&E said it became aware of an outage on a 230,000-volt transmission line “when the line relayed and did not reclose.”

The wind-driven wildfire roared across a swath of northern California wine country on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of about 2,000 Sonoma County residents, including the entire town of Geyserville, where about a dozen homes were destroyed. (Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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