PG&E disputes plan for criminal charges in 2020 wildfire

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PG&E works on power lines to repair damage caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S. November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

July 30 (Reuters) - PG&E Corp (PCG.N) said late on Thursday it disagreed with a Northern California prosecutor who said that criminal charges will be filed in last year's Zogg Fire, arguing the California grid operator had already resolved civil claims with the affected county.

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said in a Facebook post that PG&E was "criminally liable" for the fire, Bloomberg News reported, adding that a "filing decision" will be made before the Sept. 27 anniversary of the blaze.

In a statement issued in response to plans by Bridgett's office to file criminal charges against the firm, PG&E said:

"We do not...agree with the District Attorney's conclusion that criminal charges are warranted given the facts of this case." https://refini.tv/3fe1tAm

The Zogg Fire had started in Shasta County, about 200 miles (322 km) north of San Francisco, on Sept. 27 2020 and consumed more than 56,000 acres, killing four people.

PG&E said it will continue to reach settlements with individual victims and their families impacted by the Zogg Fire.

Reporting by Maria Ponnezhath in Bengaluru Editing by Tomasz Janowski

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