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PG&E Dodges Criminal Charges in California’s Second-Largest Fire

  • District attorneys agree to drop prosecutions over two blazes
  • Company says it’s committed to making communities safer
The Dixie Fire burns multiple structures near Crescent Mills, California, on July 24, 2021.

The Dixie Fire burns multiple structures near Crescent Mills, California, on July 24, 2021.

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PG&E Corp. agreed to pay $55 million to avoid criminal prosecutions for two big wildfires including the second-biggest in California history. 

Under a settlement with district attorneys representing six counties in the area, no criminal charges will be filed from last year’s near-record large Dixie Fire, and a criminal complaint stemming from the 2019 Kincade Fire will be dismissed, the company said Monday in a statement