The California State Fire Marshall has determined that a small electrical transmission line was the cause of a Camp Fire that burned near Los Angeles. “The electrical transmission lines owned and managed by PG&E were found to be the cause of the incident,” according to the Cal Fire news release. The Cal Fire release stated, after an investigation, that the Camp Fire could have been avoided if the lines in question had not been damaged. According to Cal Fire’s website, a “Camp Fire” is defined as “a large-scale fire that is intentionally set.”
According to Cal Fire, the California State Fire Marshall had conducted a thorough investigation into the cause of the Camp Fire which burned near Los Angeles on June 4th. After a careful and complete review, it was determined that the Camp Fire had been caused by “electrical transmission lines owned and maintained by PG&E.”
According to the Cal Fire news release, the Campfire occurred shortly after an employee of the PG&E utility contacted the company and notified them about a potential fire hazard on the property. A company employee contacted local fire departments, including Cal Fire and the Los Angeles Police Department, who in turn alerted local and state fire marshals and fire marshal investigators. A number of different investigations were conducted including a carbon monoxide investigation.
After conducting the investigation the Cal Fire issued the Campfire notice on June 5th, which stated, “The Campfire, located near the 7500 block of West Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California, was reported to have burned at least one tree. The Campfire contained no flammable substances or flammable organic material. There was no damage to any structures, but there were significant smoke and fire damage.”
According to Cal Fire the Cause of the Campfire was determined to be electrical transmission line failure. The fire was discovered to be contained to the PG&E transmission line. No other PG&E electrical lines were affected by the fire was extinguished by the Cal Fire department and the Los Angeles Fire Department. According to Cal Fire the Campfire was the first occurrence of its type in several years, which caused this company to conduct a full investigation.
The Fire Marshal stated in its release, “PG&E notified all of the parties involved in this event, including the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California Fire Marshall’s office, on the day of the incident. The company provided copies of its investigation to all parties.”
According to Cal Fire the investigation was completed on June 7th, with the conclusion stating, “PG&E provided the Cal Fire Marshall with an extensive detailed report detailing its investigation. In addition, PG&E indicated that all of its employees were notified in writing. of the findings of its investigation on the day of the incident, including any recommendations to prevent future occurrences.
As a result of the investigation, the PG&E transmission line was repaired. PG&E will be conducting an internal investigation to ensure that its employees follow company policy regarding fire detection and reporting. Cal Fire stated that the fire was not caused by human error and did not cause any injuries or losses to persons.
Cal Fire stated that there were no records that could show that the fire was caused by a human error. The investigation has been completed and the fire will be put out. There will be another fire safety seminar that is scheduled for next week.
Due to the investigation of the fire the Cal Fire Marshall issued the Campfire Notice to all campgrounds stating that campfires are prohibited. All campgrounds are also requiring that campfire logs must be removed from the fire rings and no wood is to be used for building any campfire structures. until further notice.
Another important point of note is that this incident is being looked at closely by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. They are investigating whether or not the Campfire is a fire hazard.
Fire pits are a valuable way to enjoy the outdoors during the cooler months of the year. Most campfires that use wood are not harmful to the environment and provide for a relaxing evening time for campers and children. Most fires are safe and are completely contained and do not cause harm to campers or children.