As reported by the Los Angeles Times, on September 24th, 2021, the Shasta County District Attorney’s office announced that 31 criminal charges had been filed against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in the 2020 Zogg fire, which killed four people and burned more than 56,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The charges against the utility include 11 felonies and 20 misdemeanors, as well as multiple enhancements, District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said. In addition, the filing includes manslaughter charges for the deaths of 3 adults and one child.
“We have sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Pacific Gas & Electric Company is criminally liable for their reckless ignition of the Zogg fire and the deaths and destruction that it caused,” Bridgett said.
The charges came just days before the one-year anniversary of the fire, which began in the late afternoon on September 27th, 2020, and raged through rural communities in Shasta and Tehama counties. As it burned, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection investigators seized PG&E equipment and determined that the wildfire had been ignited by “a pine tree contacting electrical distribution lines owned and operated” by the utility north of the town of Igo.
Read the full article on the Los Angeles Times website.
Californians directly affected by the fire: Learn more about your rights, and Lieff Cabraser’s work representing victims of the 2020 Zogg fire.