San Diego Witch Creek WildFires Settlement Reached at $27 Million.
Witch Creek Fire blamed on SDGE Power Lines in Settlement.
From Union Tribune moments ago: “The City of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric have reached a $27 million settlement in a lawsuit that sought damages from two 2007 wildfires.
Investigators with the Public Utilities Commission concluded in 2009 that power lines caused the Witch Creek, Guejito and Rice Canyon fires.
The Witch Creek and Guejito fires, which were sparked October 21 and October 22 respectively, cost the City of San Diego millions in fire emergency response, loss of revenue from leases, damage to city-owned structures, the reservoir as well as ecological damage.
“This is a fair settlement of the City’s claims and avoids years of additional litigation, including a trial and appeals,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a prepared joint statement with SDG&E. San Diego County had previously settled with SDG&E, agreeing to $24.5 million in damages.
The county sued SDG&E listing costs including evacuation centers, damages to county-owned land and other county-response efforts.