Update: Shasta County DA Files Charges Against PG&E For Sparking Zogg Fire

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett has filed multiple felony charges against PG&E for last year’s Zogg Fire. Cal-Fire and PG&E have both already confirmed the fire was caused by PG&E electrical lines that were brought down by a Gray Pine Tree. In a statement released Friday, PG&E disputes that that particular Gray Pine north of Igo had been identified as a hazard in 2018, but was not removed in time. The Zogg Fire burned more than 56,000 acres, destroyed more than 200 buildings and killed four residents as they tried to escape the flames. Among them were Alaina McLeod and her 8-year-old daughter Feyla McLeod. Husband and father Zach McLeod says he would like to see some changes to the law to make corporations more accountable for the deaths of innocent people, in light of the fact that PG&E was already on probation for the lives lost in the San Bruno natural gas explosion and in the Camp Fire in Paradise. There are numerous lawsuits by private landowners still pending, and PG&E has agreed to $43.4 Million in settlements to government agencies in three counties ravaged by wildfires ignited by its equipment during 2019 and last year. The settlement includes money for public entities to recover some of their costs. DA Stephanie Bridgett says there’s no recourse other than financial penalties, and she doesn’t yet know how much that could be. Monday will be the one year anniversary of the Zogg Fire.