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Utility Says Blame For 2015 Wildfire Is Unclear

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A firefighter turns his head from the flame of the Butte Fire burning near San Andreas, Calif., Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

(AP) — California officials say they'll ask for more than $90 million in firefighting costs from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. after finding that a deadly 2015 fire was sparked by a tree that came into contact with a power line.

The utility says it accepts the cause but says it's not clear that it was to blame for the tree falling.

The blaze that started Sept. 9 burned for three weeks, killing two people and destroying more than 900 structures, including about 550 homes.

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