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The Tubbs fire cause finally revealed and it wasn’t PG&E equipment after all. Cal Fire completed its investigation of the October 2017 fire and say it was actually a private electrical system across from a home and not PG&E equipment which was suspected. The findings became public just a few hours ago. Investigators also said there was no violation of state law related to the cause of the fire. The fire that burned near Calistoga and moved across the Mayacamas Mountains into Santa Rosa killed 22 people, destroyed more than 5,600 structures and charred nearly 37,000 acres. At the time it was the most destructive fire in California history, but that was surpassed by the Camp fire last November in Butte County.

The next phase of the Camp Fire debris cleanup about to begin. The massive debris removal out of Butte County, the largest ever state-run debris removal program. They started Dec. 4th, picking up after 13,000 destroyed or damaged properties and so far they’ve hit about 90% of them. The fire started last November and burned 2 and a half weeks, blackening more than 153,300 acres. Phase 1 was to remove household waste like paint, cleaners, batteries and more. They should be done with Phase 1 at the end of the month, and Phase 2 will then start to take out fire-related debris for free for property owners.
The driver who police say was responsible for a hit and run that killed a teacher near Chico has been arrested. Pleasant Valley High School teacher Brett Silva was killed in the head on crash in 2017. The CHP reports Ramon Berrera, Jr. was to blame, saying he was trying to pass a truck on a highway and didn’t have enough room. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday in Arbuckle. This just a day after the Glenn County DA met with Silva family members telling them there was enough evidence to charge Berrera. The CHP also reporting Barrera’s blood tested positive for opiates, methamphetamine and marijuana.

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