State fire investigators are looking into a possible connection between failures in Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s electrical infrastructure and the devastating wildfires sweeping through Northern California.
The Bay Area News Group reported Wednesday that Sonoma County dispatchers sent fire crews out to at least 10 locations over a 90-minute period, starting around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, to respond to calls about electrical problems.
Cal Fire spokeswoman Janet Upton said the agency is investigating whether reports of power lines falling down and electrical transformers exploding in Sonoma County Sunday night may have caused some of the wildfires in the region.
The agency stresses that it’s investigating a number of potential causes. PG&E spokesman Jason King said the crews found wires down, broken poles and impacted infrastructure.
But he blamed the historic nature of the hurricane-strength wind -- and trees weakened by years of drought impacting the company’s electric lines.