As reported by The NY Times, PG&E will have to answer to criminal charges for its role in a 2019 wildfire which burned 120 miles through Sonoma County, destroyed over 400 buildings and critically injured six firefighters. The court’s district attorney charged the utility company with five felonies and 28 misdemeanors in connection with the Kincade Fire. This third set of charges comes after PG&E was found guilty in 2017 for a gas pipeline explosion which killed five, and entered a guilty plea last year in 2020 for 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for causing the 2018 Camp Wildfire.
California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection concluded high winds knocked over a PG&E tower cable at the Geysers geothermal field which ignited the Kincade Fire, a blaze that took 15 days to contain. If found guilty, PG&E could face additional fines for violating its federal probation stemming from the pipeline explosion conviction.