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Edison Officials; Report Looks Like Company's Equipment Started Deadly 2018 Woolsey Brush Fire

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The Woolsey Fire burning in the Agoura Hills area in November of 2018

Officials with Edison International say it appears their equipment was responsible for the start of the destructive Woolsey Fire, which burned nearly 100,000 acres of land in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Edison International CEO Pedro Pizarro talked about the investigation on a conference call with investors.

He said that absent additional evidence, Edison believes it’s likely its equipment was associated with the ignition of the fire. Reuters reports Edison officials reached the conclusion from a redacted investigation report from the Ventura County Fire Department.

The Fire Department isn’t commenting on the report, saying that it still considers the investigation to be active. The November, 2018 fire killed three people, and destroyed more than 1600 structures.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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