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$16.4 million in fines to be paid to state in 2007 fires

April 22, 2010 |  5:20 pm

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. will pay $14.4 million to the state and CoxCom Inc. will pay $2 million because of the role that downed wires played in sparking the disastrous 2007 fires that swept through northern San Diego County under a settlement approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The settlement was reached in late October after a PUC staff investigation into the cause of the wind-driven Witch, Rice and Guejito fires that destroyed more than 1,500 homes.

--Tony Perry in San Diego