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California Fire Report: Ideas, but No Action

On Friday April 12, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a report suggesting ways to prevent wildfires in the state of California. The report was published six months after the November 2018 Camp Fire blazed through Northern California—killing 85 people and causing more than $8 billion in insurance losses—and on the heels of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s bankruptcy declaration in January 2019 following allegations that the utility company is at fault for the fire.

The report explores whether insurers should be required to offer insurance to customers in high-risk areas, and suggests discouraging new development in high-risk fire areas. Another recommendation included is to change California's utility liability laws that require companies to pay for damages from wildfires caused by their equipment. Though ideas were laid out, a clear plan has not yet been put into place. Lawmakers will decide which actions to take. If action is not taken, the report’s authors predict gaps in electricity services, increased cost of electricity, and more destructive fires.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. 

New Evidence: PG&E Knew About, Ignored Fire Risk

New evidence shows that PG&E was aware of safety concerns surrounding the 100-year-old transmission line that likely started the Camp Fire in November 2018. Documents obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit indicate that PG&E left temporary wooden poles on the Caribou-Palermo power line for three years, despite knowing they posed serious wildfire risks. In 2012, five towers holding up the line collapsed during a winter storm. Furthermore, in 2014, a PG&E employee performing a risk assessment of the line wrote in an email that “the likelihood of failed structures happening is high.” Despite these warnings, the utility company failed to ensure safety. Following the fatal Camp Fire, PG&E shut down the Caribou-Palermo power line and suggested it may decommission the line altogether, citing equipment problems.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a free, confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Drinking Water Deemed Unsafe After Paradise, CA Camp Fire

In the aftermath of the November 2018 Camp Fire that blazed through Paradise, CA, residents are facing another obstacle as they try to rebuild their lives in their hometown: unsafe drinking water. The fire that destroyed thousands of buildings and vehicles contaminated drinking water pipes, as toxic chemicals seeped underground. While the extent of the damage is being investigated, utility executives estimate that repairing the water system could take several years.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

Health Guidelines for Re-opening Businesses after Camp Fire

Butte County Environmental Health has announced a set of guidelines to ensure customer safety as food establishments are re-opened following the deadly Camp Fire of November 2018 that destroyed 19,000 commercial properties, residences, and other structures. Prior to conducting business, food facilities in Camp Fire affected areas that do not exclusively sell pre-packaged food will be required to have their facility cleaned by a professional cleaning service, verify a source of drinkable water, and pass a free, routine health inspection. Food establishments in Paradise must pass additional sanitation, fire and building inspections.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

PG&E Admits Its Equipment Likely Caused Camp Fire

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said it is “probable” that its equipment caused the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, CA. Following allegations of poor equipment maintenance, the company cited a damaged tower as the Camp Fire’s likely origin. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January 2019 to cover potential liabilities following two years of devastating wildfires across Northern California. The Camp Fire in Butte County was the most destructive wildfire in California history, killing 86 people and destroying 19,000 properties.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a free, confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

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