Seven minutes before the Kincade fire began its devastating spread in northern California, a PG&E transmission tower presented an electrical fault very close to where the conflagration originated.
In a report submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday, the company confirmed that around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday they noticed a short in a 230,000-volt transmission line called Geysers # 9 Lakeville.
Once they noticed the incident, details the document, PG&E proceeded to cut the power in the transmission tower. The company's blackout map details that the interruption of electricity in the area occurred at 9:48 pm Wednesday, more than 20 minutes after the fire started, which according to Cal FIRE began at 9:27 pm in the same area.RELATED
At a press conference this afternoon, the company's executive president confirmed that those high-voltage towers were not part of the massive blackouts that began in the area around 3:00 pm on Wednesday, because they have power lines. transmission that are subject to different fire prevention parameters.
The report presented to the CPUC reveals that it took more than 10 hours for one of the workers to go to the Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road area to inspect the tower. In the place, elements of the Cal FIRE agency made it known that there was a broken connection cable in the same power tower.
The PG&E chief executive said that the electrical installation was in good condition and had been inspected four times in recent years. Asked about whether the electrical failure in the tower and the broken cable could have been the cause of the Kincade fire, the company's CEO said it is too early to know what caused the fire.