California Fires Prompt Evacuation of Thousands

About 60,000 people were affected by evacuation orders near Irvine, Calif., the authorities said, as the state prepared for strong winds that risked new fires.

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Citing Risk of Wildfires, Utility Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric said power would begin to be shut off Wednesday evening and might return Friday night.

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PG&E Plans to Cut Off Power to 50,000 in California

Pacific Gas and Electric said power would begin to be shut off Wednesday evening and might return Friday night.

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New Evacuations Ordered as Two Wildfires Erupt in Northern California

A hospital in Napa County evacuated patients, and the utility giant PG&E shut off power in some regions as a precaution against dry and windy conditions.

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Poor Planning Left California Short of Electricity in a Heat Wave

Scores of power plants were down or operating below their capacity just as hot weather drove up demand.

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California Expresses Frustration as Blackouts Enter 4th Day

The agency that manages the state’s electric grid says rolling blackouts are needed to balance supply and demand. But the governor said regulators were not prepared.

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Rolling Blackouts in California Have Power Experts Stumped

Managers of the electric system argue that a lack of power prompted the decision to enact blackouts, though demand this weekend fell short of the state’s peak years.

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How PG&E Is Racing to Improve Safety as Fire Season Approaches

The utility, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is upgrading power lines, trimming trees and making other changes to prevent another big fire.

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Judge Expected to Approve PG&E Plan to Resolve Bankruptcy

A federal judge could decide on Friday that the California utility can put itself back together in time to take part in a crucial wildfire liability fund.

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PG&E Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million Fine for Causing Deadly Fire

A judge approved a plea agreement between the California utility and a prosecutor after hearing from people whose lost loved ones were killed in the Camp Fire.

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PG&E Pleads Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

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PG&E to Plead Guilty in 84 Deaths Caused by Camp Fire

The California utility has agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.

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California Regulators Back PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

The vote increases the likelihood that the utility will resolve its case by a June 30 deadline and get future liability protection from the state.

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PG&E Says Wildfire Victims Back Settlement in Bankruptcy

The vote to accept a $13.5 billion deal will help the California utility resolve its bankruptcy in time to qualify for a state wildfire fund.

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PG&E Chief Executive to Retire in June

Bill Johnson joined the troubled utility last year and will leave when the company resolves its bankruptcy case.

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PG&E Will Plead Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Camp Fire

The California utility faced felony charges in connection with a 2018 wildfire that killed more than 80 people.

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