California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan that Pacific Gas and Electric reached just last week with thousands of wildfire victims, including a $13.5 billion settlement.
Wildfire safety complaints voiced to PG&E by a veteran lineman were ignored and led to his termination, according to a $7.6 million lawsuit filed against the bankrupt utility.
Attorneys inked the deal with PG&E Friday, paving the way for thousands of wildfire victims to receive compensation.
Major wildfires are mostly to blame.
Greg Liggins reports from Santa Rosa
Following an unprecedented series of wildfires across California, overtime costs for firefighters surged by 65% over the past decade, pushing annual wages to nearly $5 billion, according to a newspaper analysis published Sunday.
The rebuild neighborhoods are strung with straw barriers to help absorb runoff and guide it away from the home sites.
The utility company announced a $13.5B settlement with individual Northern California wildfire victims on Friday. It includes settlements for claims from the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland.
The Kincade Fire burn area is likely to see half an inch or more of rain each hour Friday night when the heaviest rainfall is expected.
The holiday spirit is strong in the North Bay despite a strong storm headed their way.
The moratorium applies to people in 98 zip codes across the state - about 800,000 homeowners - who were impacted by seven major wildfires this year
At a Petaluma gathering on Wednesday, fire evacuees reunited with the strangers who saved their animals, which ranged from livestock and fish to even pet birds.
PG&E says as of December, they are just over 70% done clearing 2,544 miles of overhead electric lines.
The nation's largest utility faced fierce resistance at the court hearing from attorneys representing thousands of wildfire victims, PG&E bondholders who have proposed an alternative plan for salvaging the hobbled company and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
With a second storm expected this weekend, the wet weather brings concerns for mudslides in Sonoma County burn areas.
Cal Fire is seeking roughly $1.2 million from the burger chain to recoup costs from the 2017 wildfire in Arroyo Grande.
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a resolution to authorize the ballot item and an ordinance to levy the tax for 10 years.
Newsom's executive order helps displaced residents with housing needs by facilitating manufactured homes and mobile home parks, and waiving fees to replace driver's licenses and birth certificates of residents affected by the fires.
The blaze was first reported at 11:05 p.m. at 4950 Alhambra Valley Rd., near John Swett Elementary School, per fire dispatch.
The proposal will be on the March ballot.