BOBCAT FIRE LAWSUIT AGAINST PACIFICORP
Though the fire began only recently on September 06th, 2020 115,796 acres have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
THE FACTS OF THE BOBCAT FIRE
- The fire started on SEP/06/2020 during a high wind event
- The high winds pushed the fire quickly and burned 115,796 acres
- The fire is only 100% contained December 18th 2020.
- Investigations are ongoing in both the fire and the power shutoffs
- The fire destroyed 87 Structures
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SLATER FIRE LAWSUIT
What types of damages are you entitled to pursue? You can pursue any real damages, including wrongful death, loss of property, loss of business, personal injury, and other legal damages. Speak to an attorney from Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott to find out about your case.
How much work will you need to do if you choose to pursue a case? Very little. You’ll tell your story and supply documentation to your attorney. The attorney will handle it from there. Very few of these cases require anyone to appear in court.
Will you have to pay legal fees? No. All attorney fees will be paid for by the defendant, in this case, PG&E.
Will your attorney receive any portion of your insurance payout? No. The attorney is only entitled to a fee if they recover any money from PG&E. If you need an attorney to sue your insurance company, they might get a portion of that payout, but your attorney will discuss that with you.
BOBCAT FIRE IN DETAIL
The Bobcat Fire was a fire that started on September 6, 2020 as part of the 2020 California wildfire season. By December 18, it was fully contained and had burned 115,796 acres in the central San Gabriel Mountains, in and around the Angeles National Forest.
It burned over 180 square miles (460 square kilometers) and was the second largest fire on record in Los Angeles County to date, after the Station Fire of 2009. The air quality was bad in the burned areas and in LA basin for weeks as a result.
In the San Gabriel Mountains, several types of wildlife and aquatic creatures such as fish, frogs and western pond turtles face extinction as a result of the fires. The area of Little Rock Creek contains much of these aquatic life. Biologists and wildlife organizations were considering rescue operations.
After the fires, some home owners were having trouble finding home insurance as some insurers pulled out of certain zip codes or even certain counties. Most remaining insurers have raised prices. The CA State Department of Insurance banned insurers from cancelling insurance policies or declining renewals for one year after the fires.
THE CAUSE OF THE BOBCAT FIRE
A consultant said Edison’s electrical equipment may be to blame for not de-energizing their lines. The power company has hired its own investigation to “understand the totality of the event.” Although it is suspected that Pacific Power is to blame the cause of the fire is still currently being investigated.
WHAT TO DO NEXT ABOUT THE BOBCAT FIRE
If you are under evacuation orders, leave. Leave quickly. This is a fire that has consumed 115,796 acres in less than 5 days. With 100 miles per hour winds, it can overrun a home in seconds.
WHO IS TO BLAME FOR THE BOBCAT FIRE
As noted above, there is no official determination. There are some guidelines for handling any responsibility of this incident and its impact on your life:
- Make an inventory of your belongings and the things that you’ve lost. If you don’t have an inventory on file with your insurance company, you will want to make a list soon.
- Get legal representation. There are probably going to be lawsuits with regards to this fire. You will want someone to keep an eye on your best interests throughout this process.