The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing potential criminal charges against PG&E for its role in starting the deadly Zogg Fire.
The Zogg Fire, which sparked on Sept. 27, 2020, killed four people, destroyed hundreds of homes, and burned 56,000 acres across Shasta and Tehama Counties.
Cal Fire released the final results of its investigation, which found that the fire started when a pine tree fell on PG&E lines. The findings of that investigation have now been turned over to the DA’s office, which will decide whether to pursue charges against the utility.
The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office has received a criminal case for review against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for charges relating to the 2020 Zogg Fire,” the DA’s office said in a statement sent to KRCR Tuesday. “The case was submitted by Cal Fire as a result of their criminal investigation. This office will carefully review the case to determine whether criminal charges, including homicide, are legally appropriate. No further details will be released at this time.
Cal Fire’s findings confirm what witnesses reported on the day the fire started. The witnesses, who reported seeing a tree fall on the lines, said that it should have been cut down beforehand.