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DIXIE FIRE LAWSUIT INFORMATION

On September 15, 2021, SSMS Trial Lawyers announced two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E, over their negligence in failing to shut off power to the area where the fire sparked, even when they knew there were high-risk conditions.

SSMS managing partner Gerald Singleton appeared on Northern California’s Fox40 affiliate on September 16 to discuss the Dixie Fire lawsuit.

“It’s so difficult,” he said. “I’ve spoken with and represented thousands of fire victims over the years, and while all of their stories have a lot in common, all of them are unique. Everybody’s loss is unique.” Singleton said PG&E is so far behind in protecting the grid that they can’t keep up. “It’s just tragic.”

Watch the full interview in this video clip or visit our Dixie Fire Lawsuit Bulletin for all of the most current information on Dixie Fire litigation.

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If you or a loved one were affected by the Dixie Fire, contact an experienced California fire attorney at Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers to learn about Dixie Fire compensation and understand your legal options.

Whether you rent or own your property, you shouldn’t pay the price for wildfires caused by negligent power companies. You deserve to be reimbursed for your losses. If you’ve been affected, our fire litigation team will fight for you.

Background on Dixie Fire Lawsuit

The Dixie Fire started North of the Cresta Dam in Butte County on July 13, 2021, and it has burned over 960,000 acres. The Butte County fire scorched through the Plumas National Forest and surrounded Lake Almanor, as it tore through neighboring Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama Counties. It has been burning for more than two months and is still not fully contained.

After growing 500 acres in its first night, the Dixie Fire has expanded and merged with several nearby fires to become the largest single wildfire in California state history.

Some of the most affected communities are: Caribou, Belden, Prattville, Jonesville, Philbrook, Lower Almanor, High Lakes, Storrie, Tobin, Rock Creek, Belden, Rich Bar, Virgilia, Seneca, Twain, Bucks Lake, Meadow Valley).

Cal Fire is issuing daily updates on the Dixie Fire. Check here for resources and updated evacuation information.

Cause of the Dixie Fire: Will PG&E Lawsuit Yield Dixie Fire Settlement?

The cause of the Dixie Fire is under investigation by CAL FIRE, but preliminary reports indicate that PG&E equipment failures caused it. PG&E has publicly stated that a blown fuse on one of their utility poles may have sparked the fire. People and business owners who sustained injuries or damages in the Dixie Fire should seek the legal counsel of an experienced California fire lawyer as soon as possible.

In a report submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E said that an employee responding to an outage on July 13 along the Feather River Canyon near Cresta Dam observed two blown fuses and a tree leaning into a conductor, with a fire at the base of the tree, in a densely forested area of Butte County.

The worker removed the third fuse at risk of blowing and reported the fire to his supervisor, who called 911. At that point, the fire had already grown too quickly to be contained.

If you or a loved one have experienced a Dixie Fire evacuation, property damage or loss, or any injury, hospitalization, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issue caused by the Dixie Fire or other California wildfires, the competent fire attorneys at Singleton, Schreiber, McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers can help you recover the fair and full compensation you need to move forward with your life.

CA Wildfire Debris Removal Program

Dixie Fire victims and homeowners dealing with a large cleanup after property damage from the Dixie Fire, the Zogg Fire, or any other California wildfires, the state offers a fire debris removal program to remove household hazardous waste and other fire-related debris, as well as damaged and dying “hazard trees.”

The California Consolidated Debris Removal Program — led by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments — can help homeowners cleaning up after wildfires.

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR DIXIE FIRE COMPENSATION.

  • Expensive Evacuation
  • Wrongful Death from Fire or Smoke
  • Hospitalization
  • Serious Burns
  • Other Serious Personal Injury
  • Long-Term Health Effects
  • Psychological Impact
  • Home Loss
  • Structure Loss
  • Damage to Animals/Pets
  • Damage to Timber/Trees
  • Erosion
  • Vegetation Loss
  • Damage to Landscaping
  • Significant Property Damage
  • Economic Loss
  • Agriculture Loss
  • Damage to Infrastructure
  • Business Loss
  • Business Interruption
  • Smoke Damage
  • Damage from Soot & Ash
  • Underinsured Property
  • FEMA Assistance
  • Utility & Other Service Interruptions
  • Housing Market Impacts

Dixie Fire FAQ:

How many acres has the Dixie Fire burned?

The Dixie Fire burned more than 963,000 acres in just over two months. The Butte County Fire surrounded Lake Almanor and scorched through the Plumas National Forest. The nearly one-million-acre fire was the second-largest wildfire in California state history, and the largest wildfire started by a utility company. Check here for resources and updated evacuation orders.

After starting on the afternoon of July 13, 2021, the Dixie Fire grew to over 500 acres overnight and later merged with several nearby fires. On September 15, SSMS Trial Lawyers announced two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E to hold the power company responsible for the extensive injuries and property damage caused by the fire.

How many homes has the Dixie Fire destroyed or damaged?

The Dixie Fire destroyed more than 9,000 structures and 700 homes — and threatened tens of thousands more.

What caused the Dixie Fire?

An investigation is underway into the origin of the Dixie Fire, but several claims are being made against specific Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) infrastructure.

In a PG&E report submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission, the utility company said that an employee responding to an outage on July 13 along the Feather River Canyon near Cresta Dam observed two blown fuses and a tree leaning into a conductor, with a fire at the base of the tree, in a densely forested area of Butte County.

The worker then removed a third fuse at risk and reported the fire, and his supervisor called 911. This occurred just before 5 p.m., and by 8 a.m. the next day, the fire had already grown by more than 500 acres.

Has PG&E claimed responsibility for the Dixie Fire?

PG&E has not claimed full responsibility for the Dixie Fire, but the utility has publicly said that its equipment may be to blame for the blaze. SSMS Trial Lawyers are bringing two lawsuits against the utility company for negligence over its role in failing to prevent the fire.

Is the Dixie Fire contained?

The Dixie Fire scorched nearly one million acres and burned for more than two months before it was finally fully contained.

How can Dixie Fire victims seek compensation for damages?

If you or a loved one were affected by the Dixie Fire, contact an experienced attorney at Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers to find a Dixie Fire lawyer and understand your legal options.

Homeowners, renters, business owners, and others may have valid legal claims to substantial compensation for property damage and property loss caused by the Dixie Fire.

Can renters get compensation for California wildfires?

If you’re a renter, you can join a class-action lawsuit, if one is filed, against the utility companies seeking compensation for damages from the Dixie Fire or other recent California wildfires. 

Whether you rent or own your property, you shouldn’t pay the price for wildfires caused by negligent power companies. If a utility company’s equipment sparks a fire that damages your property, you deserve to be reimbursed for your losses.

Read more about rented home loss from wildfires here.

How much compensation will Dixie Fire victims receive from PG&E?

Although there likely will be hundreds (if not thousands) of individuals who suffer damages, we handle each case individually. Our goal is to recover the maximum amount of legal damages for each individual based on each individual’s unique losses. That amount can range from tens of thousands of dollars to tens of millions. PG&E has hundreds of millions of dollars available in insurance funds and can borrow additional money in order to pay all damages caused by this fire.

If you have experienced property damage or loss caused by the Dixie Fire or another wildfire, or if you or a loved one has incurred hospitalization, severe burns or other physical injuries, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issues, the experienced California wildfire attorneys at Singleton, Schreiber, McKenzie & Scott Trial Lawyers can help you recover the fair and full compensation you need to move forward with your life.

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