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J. D. Morris

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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Recent articles by J.:

Attorneys say this photo shows the PG&E hook that started the Camp Fire

The photo and an image of a different hook on another tower show equipment that “PG&E allowed to disintegrate until eventually disaster struck,” lawyers said. → Read More

Regulators: PG&E could have prevented Camp Fire

A state report concluded that a PG&E climbing inspection could have revealed a worn hook that broke and caused the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history. → Read More

PG&E blackout inspections revealed 218 problems that could have started fires

PG&E also answered questions about the Kincade Fire, describing to a judge how the kind of equipment failure it reported could have created sparks. → Read More

PG&E outages: 900,000 Californians prepare for blackouts starting Wednesday

In the Bay Area, about 345,000 people could be impacted by PG&E outages Wednesday and Thursday. They coincide with red flag warnings signaling high fire danger. → Read More

PG&E power outages: Here's what you need to know

PG&E could begin shutting off power Wednesday in 25 California counties due to windy, dry conditions. Here’s what you need to know about the duration and reason for shutoffs, and how to prepare. → Read More

900,000 Californians Prepare for Another Blackout Wednesday

Sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph from the north and northeast are expected to sweep across the dry vegetation of the North Bay mountains, East Bay hills and the Diablo range with gusts on peaks and ridges surpassing 60 miles per hour. → Read More

PG&E says Wednesday, Thursday blackouts more likely

PG&E upgraded its forecast for the greater North Bay, northern Sierra Nevada foothills and north Sacramento Valley. → Read More

PG&E outages: Historic blackout under way, 1.3 million in Bay Area without power

PG&E’s blackouts, in response to a massive windstorm that swept across N orthern California, may not be the last of the month — or even the week. → Read More

Kincade Fire: Crews gain 5% containment as focus turns to PG&E equipment

The Kincade Fire, a fast-burning wildfire spurred by powerful winds, tore across northeastern Sonoma County on Thursday, burning 16,000 acres and forcing thousands of residents — including all of Geyserville — to evacuate. → Read More

Kincade Fire: Crews gain 5% containment as focus turns to PG&E equipment

The Kincade Fire, a fast-burning wildfire spurred by powerful winds, tore across northeastern Sonoma County on Thursday, burning 16,000 acres and forcing thousands of residents — including all of Geyserville — to evacuate. → Read More

PG&E outages: Newsom assails 'corporate greed meeting climate change'

In a letter to the heads of PG&E Corp. and other utilities, Newsom cited the “unacceptable scope and duration” of recent widespread power shut-offs. → Read More

Fire breaks out in northern Sonoma County near Lake County border

Flames were clearly visible on multiple fire-watching cameras installed around the North Bay and publicly available online. → Read More

Sonoma County Fire Grows to 10,000 Acres, Evacuations Ordered

It began after 9:30 p.m. near where PG&E shut off power on Wednesday afternoon — due to high fire danger — to prevent fires from being sparked by downed or damaged power lines. The blaze was 0% contained as of 11:30 p.m. → Read More

Red-Flag Warning Could Prompt Another PG&E Power Shutdown

PG&E customers in San Mateo, Napa and Sonoma counties were among 189,000 businesses and homes that could be affected this week in what would be the second widespread blackout this month in California. That number decreased from 201,000 as the weather forecast changed. → Read More

PG&E power shut-offs: Here's what you need to know

Less than two weeks after Pacific Gas and Electric Co. preemptively cut off power to an estimated 2 million people across the state, the utility on Sunday announced it had opened its emergency command center in San Francisco to monitor dangerous fire weather. → Read More

Newsom: PG&E should give $100 to every residential customer affected by mass outage

Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to provide $100 rebates for residential customers affected by the utility’s unprecedented mass power outages last week and similar $250 credits for small businesses subjected to the blackouts. → Read More

PG&E gas employees wined and dined just before mass power outages

It was the day before PG&E began its unprecedented power shut-offs and the second anniversary of the 2017 Wine Country fires. → Read More

Frustration over power shut-offs as some areas have no power

So why was electricity cut? Meteorologists, atmospheric scientists and PG&E officials say the answer is a complicated formula that involves wind behavior and the interconnected nature of the power grid. → Read More

Caltrans, PG&E work overnight to install generators inside Caldecott Tunnel to prevent closure

Caltrans and PG&E officials on Wednesday morning said they were working to install generators at the Caldecott Tunnel in an over night operation to keep roadways open, while Devil’s Slide along Highway 1 will remain unaffected. → Read More

PG&E power shut-offs: Here's what you need to know

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced Tuesday afternoon that it will preemptively cut power for more than 800,000 customers across 34 counties in Northern California and central and coastal areas after midnight. Here’s what you need to know. → Read More