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Zogg Fire Charges against PG&E

On September 24, 2021, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgette announced 31 charges against PG&E over “their reckless ignition of the Zogg Fire.” The charges include four counts of manslaughter for those who were killed in the fire, and a total of 11 felonies and 20 misdemeanors. The Zogg Fire burned more than 56,000 acres and destroyed at least 200 buildings over the course of 16 days during the fall of 2020.

The Zogg Fire is just one of a slew of recent wildfires started by utility companies in California. Two PG&E wildfire lawsuits over the Dixie Fire are currently being brought against the power company by SSMS. The Zogg Fire settlement could be a precursor of what to expect from the Dixie Fire lawsuits, but every case is unique.

In the clip above, SSMS managing partner Gerald Singleton discussed the firm’s two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E, filed just nine days before the Zogg Fire charges were announced by the Shasta County DA. “It’s so difficult,” he said. “I’ve spoken with and represented thousands of fire victims over the years, and while all of their stories have a lot in common, all of them are unique. Everybody’s loss is unique.”

Get info on SSMS Zogg Fire litigation, the Shasta County Zogg Fire charges, or see more coverage of our Dixie Fire lawsuit.

Zogg Fire Resources

CalFire’s Zogg Fire Investigation News Release — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s March 22, 2021, statement on the results of its investigation into the cause of the Zogg Fire.

Dixie Fire Debris Removal Program

CalRecycle: Wildfire Cleanup and Removal — Find information on California’s statewide wildfire debris cleanup efforts. Removing disaster debris reduces threats to public health and safety and protects the environment. Learn more about California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program and find out how you can get assistance.

The state program is implemented by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments. Get more information about debris cleanup and removal.

CA Moratorium on Insurance Cancellations for Homeowners Affected by Zogg Fire

September 19, 2021: State halts insurance cancellations for 1 year in major wildfire areas

The state of California has imposed a one-year moratorium to stop fire insurance carriers from canceling on homeowners in high-risk wildfire areas.

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced the 12-month moratorium on September 19. It is intended to shield 325,000 homeowners in 22 counties from losing their insurance for at least another year.

Get more details about the mandatory one-year moratorium on non-renewals.

Largest California Wildfires Caused by Power Companies

Zogg Fire among largest CA wildfires sparked by utility companies — The Dixie Fire and the Zogg Fire are among the largest ever California wildfires started by power companies. Find out about other utility-sparked wildfires and what sort of litigation ensued.

Other fires on this list include the Thomas Fire, Camp Fire, Kincade Fire, and Woolsey Fire.

ZOGG FIRE & PG&E LITIGATION TIMELINE

September 24, 2021

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced Zogg Fire charges against PG&E, including 11 felonies (four counts of manslaughter) and 20 misdemeanors.

September 15, 2021

SSMS Trial Lawyers announce two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E for negligence in failing to prevent the Dixie Fire from igniting in known high-risk conditions.

July 29, 2021

Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said she considered PG&E criminally liable for igniting Zogg Fire. No charges filed yet.

July 13, 2021

In extreme heat and densely forested land, the Dixie Fire ignited in Butte County when two blown fuses contacted a tree.

May 26, 2021

PG&E announced it had reached a more than $12 million settlement with Shasta and Tehama Counties for extensive damage caused by the Zogg Fire.

March 23, 2021

The California Department of Forestry verified preliminary findings that PG&E lines sparked Zogg Fire.

December 23, 2020

SSMS Trial Lawyers files first of three complaints in their Zogg Fire litigation against PG&E. The same judge who heard the SSMS Kincade Fire case in San Francisco Superior Court presided over our petition.

September 27, 2020

The Zogg Fire was sparked by PG&E electrical distribution lines, killing four people and destroying 200 buildings.

June 16, 2020

PG&E pleads guilty to 84 deaths in Camp Fire lawsuit. The 2018 Camp Fire was the deadliest in California history, and many of the same areas it burned were scorched again three years later by the Dixie Fire.

Compensation for Dixie Fire Victims

If you have experienced property damage or loss caused by the Dixie Fire or another wildfire started by a power company, or if you or a loved one has incurred hospitalization, severe burns or other physical injuries, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issues, contact our experienced California wildfire attorneys to schedule your free claim evaluation today and seek Dixie Fire compensation.

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