City Sued Utility Over Damage Caused By Witch, Guejito Fires
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Without admitting fault or liability, SDG&E will pay the City $27 million under terms of the settlement.
The city's losses included fire emergency response costs, loss of lease revenue, and damage to city structures, including the city's reservoir and ecological/habitat damage.
"The City and SDG&E agree the settlement fairly resolves the litigation between them and that it is in the best interests of both parties and the public," according to a joint media statement.
The Witch Fire, the second largest wildfire in California history, started near Santa Ysabel on Oct. 21, 2007 and spread to other areas in northern and eastern San Diego County.
The Guejito fire started shortly thereafter in the early morning hours of Oct. 22, 2007 and subsequently merged with the Witch Fire.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said, "This is a fair settlement of the City's claims and avoids years of additional litigation, including a trial and appeals."
"We worked hard to bring this to resolution without the need for further expenses or a lengthy trial," said Deputy City Attorney Bruce Bailey, who led the city attorney's litigation team.
SDG&E's settlement is only with the city and does not impact other claims that are currently pending.
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