SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – On Monday, Cal Fire investigators announced their findings in the cause of the 2020 Zogg Fire in Shasta County.
The Zogg Fire burned in the towns of Igo and Ono in Shasta County and northwestern Tehama County. In total, the fire burned over 56,000 acres, with four deaths and over 200 buildings destroyed.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has issued a statement in response to the release Cal Fire's investigation on the Zogg Fire.
“The loss of life and devastation in the communities impacted by the Zogg Fire is tragic, and we recognize that nothing can heal the hearts of those who have lost so much. We also thank the courageous first responders who saved lives, protected property and worked to contain and put out the fire. Today, CAL FIRE announced that it has determined the cause of the Zogg Fire was a pine tree contacting PG&E electrical lines located north of Igo in Shasta County. As we have said previously, PG&E has fully cooperated with CAL FIRE’s investigation. While we have not been given access to CAL FIRE’s report or evidence it collected, we look forward to reviewing both when we are allowed to do so. We filed an Electric Incident Report with the California Public Utilities Commission on October 9, 2020, related to the Zogg Fire. We remain focused on continuing to reduce wildfire risk throughout our system and executing on the commitments made in our 2021 Wildfire Mitigation Plan."
PG&E said their efforts include, new electric grid technology; hardening of the electric system; accelerated inspections of electric infrastructure; enhanced vegetation management around power lines; and real-time monitoring and situational awareness tools to better understand how severe weather can impact PG&E's system.