Power Restored to Last of 10K Paradise Residents Hit by California Wildfire

December 21, 2018

A Northern California utility says it has restored power interrupted by a wildfire six weeks ago to all customers able to receive it.

Pacific Gas & Electric said this week the last of about 10,000 residents of Paradise and the surrounding area that lost electricity on Nov. 8 had their power restored by Sunday night. The San Francisco-based utility said it still working to restore natural gas service to many customers.

PG&E also said it is impossible to provide service to customers in remote areas who lost power during the state’s deadliest wildfire. Officials are investigating whether PG&E’s equipment started the wildfire that leveled Paradise, killed at least 86 people and destroyed close to 15,000 homes.

PG&E told regulators that a high-voltage power line malfunctioned near the fire’s origin.


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