Homeowner Says PG&E Planned Work Near Camp Fire Origin

A woman who lives near the origin of Northern California’s Camp Fire claims Pacific Gas & Electric Co. notified her last week that it planned to work on equipment near her property, fueling further questions about the utility’s role in what has become California’s most destructive wildfire. BetsyAnn Cowley, 31, lives in Pulga, where the deadly Camp Fire started. She said she received an email from PG&E the day before the fire broke out saying it had to do repair work on equipment on or near her property. “They told me they were coming through because of problems with the lines,” Cowley said. Cal Fire officials haven’t said what caused the blaze but power equipment in the area is being investigated as a possible source. PG&E admitted last week a high-voltage power line near the origin point experienced a problem around the time of the fire’s beginning. Shares of PG&E’s parent company fell sharply Monday as investors grew concerned about its link to the Camp Fire. PG&E came under withering criticism last year when its transmission lines and other equipment were linked to 16 Napa Valley wildfires, as well as incidents throughout the region.