Power lines and high winds ignite southern California’s deadliest fires, study finds

Firefighters work to save homes in the 39400 block of Canyon Drive in Forest Falls Wednesday afternoon Sept. 9, 2020 as Santa Ana winds pushed flames from the El Dorado fire up the canyon towards the mountain town. At least a half dozen homes were under immediate threat but were saved by firefighters. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

A new analysis concludes that fierce winds and power line failures are to blame for all of Southern California’s most deadly and destructive fires, a finding with implications for high-risk Northern California, as well.

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