California fines PG&E millions over Kincade fire – the state’s worst wildfire of 2019
In this file photo, the Soda Ranch winery along State Highway 128 near Healdsburg was consumed by the Kincade fire early Sunday morning, Oct. 27, 2019. - Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators handed PG&E Corp. a $125 million penalty Thursday over the Kincade fire, which sparked a massive evacuation in Sonoma County at the same time PG&E was blacking out hundreds of thousands of homes to reduce wildfire risks. PG&E — which is also facing criminal prosecution and millions in civil claims from the October 2019 fire — will pay the state a $40 million fine and will swallow $85 million in fire-related costs that otherwise could have been billed to ratepayers. The penalties, implemented through a negotiated settlement with the company, were appro...