Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. has received approval to establish a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires started by the utility's power lines.

A federal judge overseeing PG&E's bankruptcy case approved the utility's "wildfire assistance program" Wednesday.

Lawyers for wildfire victims argued PG&E could pay up to $250 million to adequately help people who lost property during the huge fires in 2017 and 2018. They said that's close to the $235 million the utility will pay in bonuses for its employees.

The judge said he was only authorized to approve or reject PG&E's proposal. He said he wanted to see the fund up and running as quickly as possible.

PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January, saying it faced up to $30 billion in wildfire liabilities.

Last week, CAL FIRE Investigators say they determined that the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E in the Pulga area.

The Camp Fire started November 8, 2018, and burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and killing 85 people. 

The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, rapidly burning into Pulga to the east and west into Concow, Paradise, Magalia and the outskirts of east Chico.

CAL FIRE says the investigation identified a second ignition sight, also caused by electrical distribution lines owned and operated by PG&E. 

The Camp Fire investigative report has been forwarded to the Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. 

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones says "it's nice to have a definite answer" about the cause of the blaze that decimated the town.

Paradise sued PG&E in January seeking damages for the loss of infrastructure, land, property, trees, public and natural resources and lost taxpayer resources.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says PG&E shouldn't get an extra six months to reorganize. 

The utility filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January as it faced tens of billions of dollars in potential costs related to deadly California wildfires.

Its reorganization plan is due by the end of May, but the utility has requested an extension until November. 

In a Wednesday court filing, Newsom said the utility's request continues to show it lacks an urgent focus on improving safety. He's asking the court to instead grant an extension through August. 

Newsom and lawmakers are working on proposals around utility liability for wildfires that could affect the bankruptcy.  (AP)