SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say a downed Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line ignited a blazed in Marin County that prompted mandatory evacuations.
The blaze that started Monday quickly spread but cool weather has helped fire crews contain it.READ MORE: North Highland Family's Home Hit By Thieves After 4 Die In Wrong-Way Crash In Sierra
The Marin County Fire Department said Wednesday that the 150-acre blaze at Samuel P. Taylor State Park was 65 percent contained.
The department says many residents are still without power but it was expected to be restored by Wednesday evening.READ MORE: Coyote Likely Behind ‘Suspicious’ Animal Deaths In Citrus Heights, Police Say
Sparking power lines are one of the leading causes of California’s wildfires.
Fire investigators have blamed PG&E equipment for 12 of last year’s wildfires in Northern California’s wine country, including two that killed 15 people.MORE NEWS: Family Remembers Woman Killed In Collision Involving Sacramento Metro Fire Ambulance
PG&E is facing dozens of lawsuits from insurers that have spent billions settling insurance claims from homeowners.