Report: Power lines sparked massive 2017 California fire

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 13 2019 Mar 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 3:11 PM March 13, 2019 in News - AP National

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An investigation has determined that one of the largest and most destructive fires in California history was sparked by power lines coming into contact during high winds.

The Ventura County Fire Department says Wednesday that the contact ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, and eventually blackened more than 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers).

The Thomas fire destroyed more than a thousand structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and resulted in the deaths of two people.

The report says the power lines operated by Southern California Edison created an electrical arc, which deposited molten material onto the ground.

Edison didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The investigation was conducted by county and state officials.

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