PacifiCorp to pay $250 million in timber company settlement for 2020 wildfire

By Ryan Haas
Oregon Public Broadcasting
December 18, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

For the second time this month, the utility provider PacifiCorp will pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to end a lawsuit over its alleged role in the devastating Oregon wildfires in 2020. In a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, PacifiCorp announced it has reached a $250 million settlement with 10 timber companies to resolve a lawsuit they brought against the utility related to the Archie Creek Complex Fire in Southern Oregon. On Dec. 5, the Berkshire Hathaway-owned company dished out $299 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Southern Oregon residents who lost their homes and property in the same fire, bringing PacifiCorp’s payouts this month to more than half a billion dollars. The timber lawsuit alleged PacifiCorp’s employees ignored warnings from the National Weather Service. The suit also claimed the company failed to trim hazard trees that could have sparked power lines.

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