PG&E Wont Face Criminal Charges For Sparking The Zogg Fire, Will Pay $50 Million

PG&E will not face criminal charges for starting the Zogg Fire, but they’ll pour $50 Million into Shasta County. The company faced 31 criminal charges, including four counts of involuntary manslaughter, but a judge blocked the criminal proceedings. The 2020 Zogg Fire was sparked by power lines brought down by a Pine Tree that was marked for removal. It destroyed 56,000 acres and more than 200 buildings and killed four people. The settlement requires PG&E to do a lot of fire mitigation, and the money will be distributed among area fire departments, law enforcement agencies and other organizations. The settlement is separate from the $150 Million ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission.