California utility PG&E facing criminal charges over the state's largest 2019 wildfire

  • Source: CNN
  • Published: 04/07/2021 12:00 AM

Criminal charges have been filed against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over the 2019 Kincade Fire in California. The massive fire, which burned through more than 77,000 acres of vegetation in Sonoma County, was ignited by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E in northeast Geyserville, a Cal Fire investigation found. The fire destroyed 374 structures, damaged another 60 and caused injuries. Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch charged PG&E with five felonies and 28 misdemeanors Tuesday. The charges include unlawfully starting a fire which caused bodily injury, unlawfully burning inhabited structures, unlawfully causing a fire which burned forests, and various air pollution crimes, the District Attorney's Office said in a statement. The utility has faced scrutiny in recent years over its equipment's role in a spate of deadly and destructive California fires.


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