California Wildfire Linked to PG&E Equipment Expands Overnight

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A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California grew to more than 85,000 acres overnight with more than 800 structures threatened.

The Dixie Fire, which PG&E Corp. said may have been sparked by one of its power lines, is about 15% contained and could expand by an additional 2 to 3 miles (3.2 to 4.8 kilometers) on Wednesday, according to a Twitter post by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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The blaze is burning near the site of the deadly 2018 Camp Fire and has almost tripled in size since Monday. Several small mountain communities are in danger. A PG&E worker investigating a power outage near the start of the Dixie fire discovered a tree leaning against a power line with fire on the ground nearby, the company said in a report filed on Sunday.

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