RED BLUFF, Calif. - Five counties have filed a lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric for injuries and damages caused by the Dixie Fire, according to the Office of the County Council of Tehama.
Tehama, Butte, Lassen, Shasta and Plumas counties have filed the lawsuit over the 963,276-acre fire that burned in the five counties.
The fire destroyed 1,329 structures and damaged 95 after it broke out in Butte County above the Cresta Dam in the Feather River Canyon.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday at the San Francisco Superior Court and demands legal damages for injuries to the public and natural resources, lost revenues, increased expenses, lost assets and other damages and injuries.
The lawsuit states that PG&E equipment caused the fire and one person was killed, according to the Office of County Counsel.
“Tehama County brings this action to recover public and natural resources lost, because PG&E failed to manage and maintain its high voltage infrastructure,” said Board Chair Dennis Garton. “PG&E must be held accountable for this devastating fire, and we expect PG&E to step up and do the right thing immediately to help our communities rebuild.”
PG&E provided the following statement to Action News Now about the lawsuit:
"PG&E’s most important responsibility is the safety of our customers and the communities we serve. CAL FIRE has not made a determination on the cause of the fire, and we have not been able to review all of the evidence CAL FIRE collected. As we’ve said previously, PG&E believes we operated our system prudently. We remain focused on further reducing wildfire risk and addressing extreme climate conditions across our service area. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our customers and communities safe."