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Cal Fire takes PG&E equipment as Zogg Fire investigation continues

Cal Fire has taken possession of PG&E equipment as part of the investigation into the cause of the Zogg Fire.

Posted: Oct 9, 2020 4:13 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 6:13 PM

UPDATE: 6:03 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 - The Shasta County District Attorney's Office says it is working with Cal Fire investigators as they work to find the cause of the Zogg Fire.

DA Stephanie A. Bridgett said the following:

In answer to a number of inquiries, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office is working with Cal Fire investigators to determine the cause of the Zogg Fire and whether PG&E is responsible for that fire. Following that investigation, this office will carefully review all evidence to determine whether criminal charges, including homicide, are appropriate under the law.

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CALIFORNIA - The PG&E Corporation announced on Oct. 9 that Cal Fire has taken possession of one of the distribution lines in the area where Shasta County's Zogg Fire began as they investigate the cause of the over 56,000-acre fire.

In an electric incident report, the utility company says customers in the area of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane are served by one of its distribution lines. Cal Fire says the start of the fire was in this area, north of Igo.

The corporation's report says wildfire camera and satellite data show smoke, heat or signs of fire in that area for about three minutes just before 3 p.m. on Sept. 27, the day the fire began.

"According to PG&E’s records, on September 27, 2020, a PG&E SmartMeter and a line recloser serving that area reported alarms and other activity between approximately 2:40 p.m. and 3:06 p.m., when the line recloser de-energized that portion of the circuit," the report read.

On Oct. 9, almost two weeks after the fire started, Cal Fire informed PG&E they had "taken possession" of the equipment as part of its ongoing investigation into the cause of the Zogg Fire.

While PG&E says it was allowed access to the area, it says it does not have access to any evidence collected by Cal Fire.

Cal Fire has not yet issued a determination as to cause and PG&E says it is cooperating with the investigation.

As of right now, there is no indication that PG&E is being investigated for the cause of the Zogg Fire.

In a statement, Cal Fire officials told Action News Now the Zogg Fire cause is still under investigation and would not comment on specific elements of the continuing investigation.

PG&E said the following:

California’s 2020 wildfire season has been unfortunately historic, with more than 4 million acres burned across the state so far. PG&E today filed an Electric Incident Report (EIR) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) when PG&E learned that CAL FIRE had taken possession of PG&E equipment as part of CAL FIRE’s investigation into the cause of the Zogg Fire in Shasta County. The information in our EIR is preliminary. CAL FIRE’s investigation is ongoing, and we are cooperating fully.

We recognize the tragic losses sustained as a result of this year’s fire season and are thankful, as always, for the efforts of the first responders who have worked tirelessly to contain the fires and protect the lives and property of California residents.

Action News Now will continue to work on reaching out to authorities.

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