SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.- The Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said her office has determined that PG&E is criminally liable for causing the Zogg Fire.
The Zogg Fire killed four people, damaged 204 structures, and burned 56,338 acres in 2020.
A final decision on the nature and grade of the charges has not been made.
A filing decision will be decided before the anniversary of the Zogg Fire.
"I hope this information brings awareness to the importance of fire prevention during the current drought and severe wildfire season," Bridgett said.
On Thursday night, PG&E commented on the Shasta DA's announcement to hold the company criminally liable.
"I came to PG&E earlier this year to ensure that we make it right for those who have been impacted, and make it safe for the communities we are privileged to serve. We have taken a safety stand that everyone and everything is always safe, and we are determined to deliver on that promise," said PG&E CEO Patti Poppe.
PG&E released the following statement:
"The loss of life and devastation in the communities impacted by the 2020 Zogg Fire is heartbreaking, and we recognize that nothing can heal the hearts of those who have lost so much. We thank the courageous first responders who saved lives, protected property and worked to contain and put out the fire last year. The company already has resolved civil claims with Shasta County and continues to reach settlements with individual victims and their families impacted by the Zogg Fire in an effort to make it right. We do not, however, agree with the District Attorney’s conclusion that criminal charges are warranted given the facts of this case. We remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our customers and communities safe."