PG&E charged in California wildfire that killed four and destroyed hundreds of homes

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The nation's largest utility was charged with manslaughter and other crimes in connection with a California wildfire that killed four people last year and destroyed hundreds of homes and charred thousands of acres, prosecutors said Friday.
In a news conference, Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett said Pacific Gas & Electric was criminally liable for the blaze. The charges are part of a laundry list of legal action against the energy corporation, which has been blamed for other large wildfires across the state in recent years.

In total, Bridgett announced 31 charges – including 11 felonies – accusing PG&E of failing to mitigate the risk of fire by not removing hazardous trees around electrical lines.

"Their failure was reckless and criminally negligent, and it resulted in the death of four people," she said. "The job of a district attorney is to address these criminal problems when they occur. Whether it's a robber, a rapist, a murderer or a corporation, I will use every tool possible to promote public safety."

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