Regulators vote to require wireless companies to provide backup power after many lost cell service in 2019 Kincade Fire

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- During Kincade Fire that burned 374 acres in Sonoma County last fall, hundreds of cell towers lost power, making it impossible for people to use their phones for emergencies.

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On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to require wireless providers to have 72-hours of backup power.

The commission is also asking them to do a better job of working with emergency responders.

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Last fire season, more than a million people lost service during PG&E blackouts.

CAL FIRE announced Thursday the Kincade Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned by PG&E.
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