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Over 1,500 California fires in the last 6 years a?? including the deadliest ever a?? were caused by one company: PG&E. Herea??s what it could have done, but didna??t.

Over 1,500 California fires in the last 6 years a?? including the deadliest ever a?? were caused by one company: PG&E. Herea??s what it could have done, but didna??t.
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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) power lines have caused over 1,500 California wildfires in the last six years, including the deadliest blaze in the state's history.




Many critics, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, accuse PG&E of prioritizing profits over safety measures for decades.




The company has filed for bankruptcy and started cutting power to millions of Californians to keep power lines from sparking in dry, windy conditions.




Many Californians think they should never have been faced with the choice between days-long blackouts and deadly fires.




Here's what experts say PG&E should have done years ago, from better tree trimming to power-line upgrades.




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Over the last week, the Kincade Fire has torn through nearly 78,000 acres of California wine country, forcing about 180,000 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, millions have gone without electricity, often for days at a time.
Hospitals scrambled to find refrigerators for medications, people bundled their children to keep them warm during cool nights, and seniors were left alone in the dark.
The state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), is responsible for these blackouts, and possibly for the fire itself.
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