What Caused the Zogg Fire?

CAL FIRE Investigators Determine Cause of the Zogg Fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said its investigators determined the cause of the Zogg Fire was a pine tree “contacting” electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E.

The Zogg fire started in Shasta County on Sept. 27, 2020. Pushed by strong winds, the fire heavily damaged the towns of Igo and Ono and was not fully under control until Oct. 13, 2020.

In October, before the blaze was fully contained, Cal Fire investigators seized electrical equipment from a location near the fire’s origin.

In total, over 56,000 acres in Shasta and Tehama counties were burned, 204 structures were destroyed, 27 structures were damaged, one person was injured, and four people were killed by the Zogg fire.

“After a meticulous and thorough investigation, Cal Fire has determined that the Zogg Fire was caused by a pine tree contacting electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric,” Cal Fire said in a statement.

Both counties have already sued PG&E, accusing the utility of negligence. According to the lawsuit, PG&E identified — but failed to take out — a gray pine tree that was slated for removal in 2018.

An aerial photo submitted to court records shows a large pine tree that sparked the Zogg fire.
An aerial photo submitted to court records shows a large pine tree that may have sparked the Zogg fire.

Zogg Fire Claim Compensation

While each case is different, common damage categories include:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of crops
  • Personal injury
  • Business losses
  • Wrongful death
  • Emotional distress
  • Harm to pets or livestock
  • Depreciation in the value of your land
  • Damage to trees, timber, or underwood
  • The loss of use and enjoyment of your property
  • The cost to repair or replace your home and personal property

Zogg Fire Lawyers – Representing Zogg Fire Victims

Potter Handy, LLP is partnering with local Igo/Ono attorney Mark Cibula at Cibula Law firm.

We invite you to speak with one of our experienced Zogg Fire Lawyers regarding potential claims and legal rights. Please call us at (415) 534-1911 or email us at fireclaims@potterhandy.com for a free consultation. We can help you find the answers to your questions and take your first step towards getting compensated.

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Potter Handy, LLP has filed suit against PG&E on behalf of over 250 Zogg fire claimants representing over 10,000 acres burned in the Zogg Fire.

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Learn more about what caused the Zogg Fire and how our team of lawyers can file your claim.


Judge Alsup’s Orders and PG&E’s Responses

10/9/20 – PGE Incident Report

10/12/20 – Order Requesting Information Re Zogg Fire

10/20/20 – Order Re Monitor Letter

10/21/20 – Order for Further Information Re Zogg Fire

10/26/20 – Additional Request for Information Re Zogg Fire

10/29/20 – Request for Follow up by PG&E Concerning Its October 26 Submission

11/24/20 – Order Requesting Additional Information Following PG&E’s November 18 Briefing

12/29/20 – Order to Show Cause Re Conditions of Probation


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