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PG&E under investigation for another deadly California fire

Tuesday, October 13th 2020, 3:11 pm - Pacific Gas and Electric Company is being investigated regarding a deadly wildfire that could have been ignited by their equipment.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is under fire again, for potentially causing another California wildfire.

Cal Fire, California's firefighting agency, is currently investigating the possible involvement of PG&E's equipment as the ignition for the Zogg Fire in Shasta County.

The Zogg Fire has claimed four lives and 200 structures. According to Cal Fire, the fire is now pretty much contained.

It has only been months since PG&E has exited bankruptcy. In 2019, the company faced $30 billion in liabilities associated with the Camp Fire, a wildfire caused by their equipment.

RELATED: PG&E admits it probably started Cali wildfire

The Camp Fire, which killed 85 people in November 2018, was that year's costliest natural disaster in terms of insurance claims.

The term "natural disaster" keeps popping up in 2020, but the "natural" aspect of the term might need some updating.

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Gavin Newsom, California's governor, helped a bill pass that allows the state to take over the utility if it doesn't meet certain requirements.

This year, California wildfires have burned more than 1,618,742 hectares of land. All fires are currently almost completely contained.

Thumbnail image courtesy: Reuters

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