As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Judge overseeing PG&E’s probation after it was found criminally liable in the 2010 San Bruno residential pipeline explosion stated that PG&E may have been “criminally reckless” in failing to cut down a pine tree prior to the 2020 Zogg wildfire that stood near the fire’s point of ignition. The Zogg fire killed four people, destroyed over 200 buildings, and burned 56,000 acres in Shasta and Tehama Counties.
U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup has proposed expanding PG&E’s probation conditions to the company’s ongoing assessment of vegetation along power lines as part of its decisions whether or not to cut power due to fire risk. Judge Alsup believes the Zogg Fire may have been avoided had these new requirements been met.
Judge Aslup has not ruled on whether to impose new conditions or accept an alternate plan proposed by PG&E, but has indicated he would issue another order in two weeks.