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US judge weighs if PG&E violated probation with 2019 fire

California Wildfires Utility
Posted at 10:51 AM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-05 13:51:59-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether Pacific Gas & Electric violated its criminal probation by sparking a wildfire north of San Francisco.

The fire destroyed more than 100 homes and injured six firefighters in October 2019.

Prosecutors and attorneys for PG&E appeared at a hearing Tuesday before U.S. District Judge William Alsup.

The hearing came a month after the Sonoma County district attorney charged the company with five felony and 28 misdemeanor counts in the fire.

PG&E has accepted investigators’ findings that its transmission line ignited the fire. But it has denied committing any crimes.