PG&E RECLOSERS, FALLEN TREES, AND THE WINE COUNTRY FIRES

David Baker reported in the November 2, 2017 edition of the SF Chronicle that PG&E reclosers, which are designed to restart themselves if power goes off by shooting pulses of electricity through lines that tripped off, may have contacted branches or brush starting the widespread fires. According to Sen Jerry Hill (San Mateo) whose committee [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|Catastrophic Accidents|Comments Off on PG&E RECLOSERS, FALLEN TREES, AND THE WINE COUNTRY FIRES

PG&E: Inverse Condemnation and the Wind

Map from SF Chronicle detailing Fire Shortly after the Wine Country Fires raged across the Napa and Sonoma Counties, destroying life and property in the Atlas Peak Fire, Tubbs Fire, Nuns Fire and Patrick Fire, PG&E spokesman threw out the claim that winds were “hurricane strength winds in excess of 75mph in some [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Catastrophic Accidents|Comments Off on PG&E: Inverse Condemnation and the Wind

Looking for a Cause of the Deadly Wine Country Fires

PG&E President Geisha Williams has carefully staked out PG&E’s position that while no one knows the cause of the Wine Country Fires, extreme winds are a likely cause. Wind alone should not start a fire.  Even with extreme winds, PG&E has to be aware that winds can be extreme and knock down trees, knock trees [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Catastrophic Accidents|Comments Off on Looking for a Cause of the Deadly Wine Country Fires

Oakland Fire Raises Serious Questions as to Cause

In 1997, a fire that started as a result of faulty wiring on the first floor of a two-story apartment in San Francisco’s Hunter Point claimed the lives of four young children ages 8 months, 3 years, 4 years, 6 years, and their grandmother.  The fire department originally thought the fire was the result of [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|Catastrophic Accidents, San Francisco Housing Fire|Comments Off on Oakland Fire Raises Serious Questions as to Cause

Serious Questions Raised About Median Barrier in Orland High School Student Tragedy

A Federal Express truck driver for unknown reasons crossed a grassy highway median on I5 near Orland and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students on their way to visit Humboldt State University.  The accident occurred on I5, north of Route 32 in Orland.  The devastating incident killed 10 people and [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|Bus Accidents, Catastrophic Accidents, Dangerous Road Condition, Trucking Accidents|Comments Off on Serious Questions Raised About Median Barrier in Orland High School Student Tragedy