Slater Fire investigation continues

HAPPY CAMP. Cali. – Happy Camp residents are asking for answers after the Slater Fire burned through their community. The fire burned over 150 homes, including tribal housing.

The investigation into the cause continued on NBC5 Wednesday night.

Leadership within the Karuk Tribe said they want a full investigation into how the fire started.

A natural resource policy consultant that works for the tribe says Pacific Power may be to blame for not de-energizing power lines.

“We know this fire was not started by a lightning strike. We know that despite the red flag warnings, despite the high temperatures and high winds that pacific power did not shut the power off in happy camp as they should have,” said Craig Tucker.

The U.S. Forest Service is in charge of the investigation. It didn’t respond Wednesday when we reached out seeking an update on the investigation.

Pacific Power said in a statement Wednesday it’s working alongside officials. The company has hired its own third-party investigator to quote ‘understand the totality of the event.’ It says it’s not able to comment further.

Pacific Power’s full statement is down below:

“Pacific Power is working alongside state and federal officials and our own third-party investigators to understand the totality of the event and, as a company policy, we do not discuss ongoing investigation work, including details about de-energizing lines.

We remain committed to understanding the entirety of the Labor Day storm through a comprehensive and thoughtful investigation.”

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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