Taran Tactical is directly below the Library to the right (North) in that photo. I hope their building and range did not burn.
He's not totally wrong. The line is protected several ways. Fused cutouts are the main source of protection on smaller distribution lines like you would see in most neighborhoods. Large transmission lines and to a lesser extent distribution are all controlled by large switches inside a substation. Problem is it can sometime see a fault as just extra load and not trip the reclosure. I feel sorry for all the people affected by the outages. But where there is chaos there is money. I just got to San Diego and currently working on SDGE property.Just returned from a quick visit to San Diego. Local radio there paints a damningly vivid picture of the electric power monopoly's role in California wildfires. Hardly liberal/anti-big business, KFI 640 in Los Angeles specifically characterizes most wildfire deaths in California as murder by a blindly profit-hungry PG&E.
With that perspective filling my ears, I drove east and saw skinny wooden power poles swaying in the wind, looking ancient, gray, dry and fragile - like tinder. This was all waving above parched yellow weeds and crisp, flammable ground cover. In my friend's community (Alpine, CA) the power was off and not expected to return for at least another day until the wind subsided.
Meanwhile, an electrical power expert I know opines that PG&E cannot be blamed for any fires, because any break in the line, or grounding to earth, will trip a reset and kill power until the line is repaired. I beg to differ, recalling more than a few times over decades around the SW hills of Portland seeing downed power lines whipping and sparking on the ground. Most impressive in the dark.
The big difference here would be that this normally happens during heavy rain, snow and ice storms.