PG&E Will Pay $150 Million For Starting The Zogg Fire

State regulators have reached a financial settlement with PG&E for starting the deadly Zogg Fire in Western Shasta County. Under the terms reached with the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E will pay a total of $150 Million. $10 Million will go to the state general fund as a penalty and $140 Million in shareholder funds will go toward wildfire mitigation measures. In September of 2020, the Zogg Fire was sparked by PG&E electrical lines that were brought down by a Gray Pine Tree that was marked for removal, but was not removed in time. The CPUC calls it “poor record keeping”. The fire burned more than 56,000 acres, destroyed more than 200 buildings and killed four residents as they tried to escape the flames. PG&E was already on probation for causing other disasters, including the San Bruno natural gas explosion and the Camp Fire that burned down Paradise. The settlement does not affect the status of a criminal trial against PG&E that’s set to begin June 6th. The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office is alleging 31 criminal counts and enhancements, including four counts of involuntary manslaughter.