CAL FIRE sues PG&E over 2020 Zogg Fire

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is suing Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) for damages they say it caused for the 2020 Zogg fire.

A ten-page civil case, filed earlier this month, seeks $32.9 million in damages.

CAL FIRE alleges that PG&E either knew or should have known the dangers of their power lines being energized during windy weather and the hazards of trees near their power lines.

The lawsuit comes after the utility company was charged with 4 counts of manslaughter among 31 criminal charges filed by the Shasta County District Attorney’s office.

For people in Igo, it’s time for PG&E to be held accountable.

“PG&E needs to redeem themselves because there’s a lot of people, [that] lost a lot of properties,” said local Jerry Harral.

Steve and Rene Glassburn have been living in Igo for 28 years and lost their home in the Camp Fire, and know folks that lost their homes in the Zogg fire.

“I’m angry,” said Steve Glassburn. “I believe that PG&E should be accountable only because they haven’t done anything to their equipment for years and years.”

Shasta and Tehama counties already reached a separate civil settlement with PG&E for $12.36 million last May.