Utility says power lines may have started 2 California fires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility says its power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The company reported the incidents near the town Lafayette to state regulators on Monday.

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PG&E told the California Public Utilities Commission that a worker responded to the first fire around 4:45 p.m. Sunday and was told firefighters believe contact between a power line and a communication line may have caused it.

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A worker went to another fire about an hour later and was told firefighters are investigating a transformer as a possible ignition source.

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PG&E is under severe financial pressure after its equipment has been blamed for a series of destructive wildfires in Northern California.