'Catastrophic wildfires shall stop.' Inside PG&E's fire risk command center
A Pacific Gas and Electric firefighter walks down a road as flames approach in Fairfield, California during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Aug. 19, 2020. - JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was holding its weekly wildfire-safety meeting the other day, and vice president Mark Quinlan opened the session with some big news: The utility's equipment hadn't sparked a fire in more than a month. The three dozen employees in attendance clapped, led by PG&E Corp. Chief Executive Patti Poppe. At PG&E, going a month without a new fire earns a round of applause. California's largest utility continues to labor with wildfire problems. Just a year removed from bankruptcy, PG&E is facing criminal prosecution over two big wildfires from 2019 and 202...