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Regulators Fine PG&E Over $155 Million For Sparking Deadly Zogg Fire

California regulators have proposed fining Pacific Gas & Electric more than $155 Million for sparking the Zogg Fire in September of 2020 in the Igo area. The Zogg Fire burned more than 56,000 acres, destroyed more than 200 homes and other buildings and killed four residents as they tried to escape the flames. The California Public Utilities Commission said in its proposed order Tuesday that PG&E failed to remove two Gray Pine Trees that had been flagged for removal. One fell into a distribution line and started the fire. PG&E says in a statement that it is reviewing the proposed order. It can either comply or request a hearing. In June of this year PG&E pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter, which were among 31 criminal charges brought against the utility by Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett. PG&E was already on probation for the San Bruno Natural Gas Explosion and the Camp Fire in Paradise. A preliminary hearing date on the criminal charges is set for January 18th of next year.