BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County officially filed a lawsuit against PG&E on Tuesday to recover damages and lost taxpayer resources as a result of the Camp Fire.
The Camp Fire destroyed over 18,000 structures and killed at least 85 people in Butte County in November of 2018.
In the suit, the County alleges that the Camp Fire began when electrical infrastructure owned, operated and maintained by PG&E failed which caused a spark that ignited the fire. The suit also alleges that PG&E was aware of the risk associated with the high-voltage power line that possibly started the fire.
The Camp Fire occurred within Butte County and much of the devastation occurred in unincorporated areas of the County which caused a loss to land, property, trees, infrastructure, public and natural resources.
"This is an important step toward recovery,” said Butte County Counsel Bruce Alpert. “The County is eager to help our community rebuild in the wake of one of the world’s costliest disasters in 2018. Recovering County resources is vital to rebuilding our entire community.”