Flames spread up a hillside near firefighters at the Blue Cut Fire on August 18, 2016 near Wrightwood, California. An unknown number of homes and businesses have burned and more than 80,000 people were ordered to evacuate as the wildfire spreads beyond 30,000 acres and threatens to expand into the ski resort town of Wrightwood. 
Flames spread up a hillside near firefighters at the Blue Cut Fire on August 18, 2016 near Wrightwood, California. An unknown number of homes and businesses have burned and more than 80,000 people were ordered to evacuate as the wildfire spreads beyond 30,000 acres and threatens to expand into the ski resort town of Wrightwood.  - 
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California lawmakers are back in session after a holiday break, and a new governor is in place. One of the sticky issues all those folks might have to confront is what to do about the troubled utility Pacific Gas and Electric. The investor-owned utility provides gas and electricity to more than 5 million Californians. And media reports indicate PG&E is considering bankruptcy as a way to manage potentially tens of billions of dollars in liability related to recent wildfires. A taxpayer bailout is another possibility.

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