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No criminal charges in fatal 2018 California wildfire

PHOTOS: Woolsey Fire wreaks havoc on SoCal
PHOTOS: Woolsey Fire wreaks havoc on SoCal
PHOTOS: Woolsey Fire wreaks havoc on SoCal
PHOTOS: Woolsey Fire wreaks havoc on SoCal
PHOTOS: Woolsey Fire wreaks havoc on SoCal
Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 22:08:38-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Justice will not bring criminal charges against a utility whose equipment sparked a 2018 fire that killed three people and destroyed more than 1,600 homes and other structures.

The department said Friday that it found insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution against Southern California Edison for the Woolsey Fire.

The fire forced nearly 300,000 residents of Los Angeles and Ventura counties to flee.

Investigators found that high winds blew a loose guy wire into electrified conductors, causing an electrical arc.

But they say they couldn't prove that the company knew it was causing a risk and ignored the danger.