PG&E Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Connection With Deadly 2017 NorCal Wildfires, Prosecutors Say

Firefighter Brandon Tolp works to prevent flames from crossing Highway 29, north of Calistoga, Calif. as wildfires raged in Northern California in October, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighter Brandon Tolp works to prevent flames from crossing Highway 29, north of Calistoga, Calif. as wildfires raged in Northern California in October, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will not face criminal charges in the Northern California wildfires that killed more than 40 people in October 2017, authorities said.

The Sonoma County district attorney’s office said in a statement Tuesday that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the utility acted with reckless disregard for human life in causing the fires.

Prosecutors in Napa, Humboldt and Lake counties also declined to file charges after an “extensive” review of the cases, during which they consulted with the state attorney general’s office, the statement said.

In a court filing in December, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra’s office had said the utility could be charged with murder or involuntary manslaughter if authorities determine that recent deadly California wildfires ignited as a result of the “reckless” operation or maintenance of power lines.

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