Matt Bigler

PG&E Won't Be Charged For 2017 Wine Country Fires

KCBS Radio Overnight News
March 12, 2019 - 8:53 pm

Prosecutors in four Northern California counties will not file criminal charges against PG&E in connection with a series of fires that burned through the region in October 2017.

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch issued a statement on Tuesday saying the office hasn't found any evidence that would convince a jury that the utility acted with criminal negligence by failing to remove dead and dying trees from areas near its power lines and equipment

Ravitch said that district attorneys in Napa, Lake and Humboldt Counties all reached similar conclusions about the blazes that scorched their territories. 

State investigators found the utility’s power lines sparked many of the October 2017 fires in Sonoma County and surrounding areas. But Cal Fire found that PG&E did not cause the Tubbs Fire, which destroyed neighborhoods in and around Santa Rosa.

PG&E is still facing several civil suits from homeowners and local authorities, including Sonoma County. The huge electricity and gas company has declared bankruptcy