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PG&E responds to federal judge's questions about Zogg Fire investigation

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The Pacific Gas and Electricity Company (PG&E) has responded to questions from a federal judge overseeing their probation.

The Zogg Fire killed four people and destroyed more than 200 buildings.

KRCR has reported in the past that both Shasta and Tehama counties have filed a lawsuit against PG&E over the fire. Specifically, they say the utility failed to cut down a Gray Pine tree that they say hit PG&E powerlines.

That same tree is mentioned in the new court documents KRCR received Wednesday, December 16th.

This comes after ABC10 in Sacramento reported Shasta County man Zach McLeod is filing a lawsuit against PG&E alleging they failed to cut down the trees to prevent them from hitting the power lines.

McLeod lost his wife Alaina and their daughter, Feyla, in the Zogg Fire.

The court documents explain back in 2018, PG&E crews instructed contractors to work on the vegetation including some on Zogg Mine Road.

But they said the work was interrupted by a resident who threatened the workers with a firearm.

In September 2018, the documents said the arborist told the crew they could continue to work in the area, but the resident painted one tree black and said he would threaten the workers with a firearm if they worked on it.

The documents also explained the arborist was performing his routine patrol in October 2018 when he marked several Gray Pines to be worked on.

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But the documents say the area where Cal Fire collected pieces for the Zogg Fire investigation was not one of them.

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