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The Wall Street Journal: PG&E equipment set off 12 deadly fires in Northern California, investigators say

Twelve Northern California fires that killed 18 people and burned through more than 174,000 acres in October were caused by power lines or other equipment owned by PG&E Corp. PCG, -0.53% , according to fire investigators.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection referred eight of the 12 fires to local district attorneys for possible legal action.

Investigations continue into the causes of the other fires, including the Tubbs Fire, the deadliest of the fires that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,000 structures.

“We continue to believe our overall programs met our state’s high standards.”

PG&E, speaking Friday

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