Tree on power line caused catastrophic Malden wildfire

Avista Utilities says a tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington earlier this month.

The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City, including more than 100 homes in Malden alone. An Avista spokesperson says a burned tree found by Spokesman-Review staff apparently was the fire’s starting point during a Sept. 7th windstorm.

However, the utility has not found evidence that any deficiencies in its equipment, maintenance or vegetation management caused the recent fires. (AP)

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