A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission this week says the utility's downed power lines were found near where a wildfire touched off last month in Fresno County.
The Blue Fire burned a few hundred acres in the Sierra National Forest in late June, northeast of Fresno, near an area still recovering from last year’s Creek Fire — the largest single incident fire in California history.
According to the utility’s report filed with the commission on July 5, the U.S. Forest Service asked PG&E to collect some of its equipment in the area of the Blue Fire. Utility crews noticed a tall tree had fallen onto power lines and tumbled downhill.
“PG&E crews assisted the USFS, which collected and retained PG&E equipment including conductor and crossarms,” the report says. It’s unclear if the tree fell before or after the fire started.
Forest Service officials are investigating and have not yet announced an official cause of the fire.