(Ventura County, Ca) In a stunning public announcement, Southern California Edison (SCE) has revealed that its equipment in Santa Paula was likely the ignition for the 2nd largest fire in California, burning more than 280,000 acres, destroying over 1,000 structures, and killing two people.
The press release stated, “SCE believes its electrical equipment was associated with an ignition near Koenigstein Road in Santa Paula — one of at least two origin points for the Thomas Fire. The company also continues to cooperate with the investigations being conducted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) and the California Public Utilities Commission’s Safety & Enforcement Division (SED) and will thoroughly review any findings and the associated evidence when they are made available.”
According to a report by the Southern California Watershed Task Force, “The Thomas Fire burned 281,893 acres in December 2017 and January 2018, making it the largest wildfire in California’s history. It damaged or destroyed over 1300 structures, caused the evacuation of over 100,000 people and severely damaged the watershed in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The consequences of that watershed damage became immediately evident when significant rainfall on January 9th triggered debris flows and flash floods destroying 166 structures, damaging 395 more and taking 21 lives in Santa Barbara County. Since then, local, state and federal agencies identified over 300 debris flow/flood hazards in Santa Barbara County and 460 in neighboring Ventura County. It is likely that many more hazards exist that have yet to be identified.”
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