San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has agreed to pay more than $6.4 million to settle claims for damages arising from the 2007 Witch Creek Fire, according to the San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB.
The fire was caused when the utility’s high-voltage power lines malfunctioned during strong, dry Santa Ana wind conditions, according to prosecutors. The fire consequently burned 44,150 acres of federal land in the Cleveland National Forest.
SDG&E admitted no liability or wrongdoing in the settlement. Prosecutors said the $6.4 million settlement represents the full amount of federal firefighting costs and natural resource damages resulting from the Witch Creek Fire.
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