SLATER FIRE LAWSUIT AGAINST PACIFICORP
Though the fire began only recently on Sept. 08, 157,229 acres have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
THE FACTS OF THE SLATER FIRE
- The fire started on September 08 2020 during a high wind event
- The high winds pushed the fire quickly and burned 157,229 acres
- The fire is only 100% contained November 16th 2020.
- Investigations are ongoing in both the fire and the power shutoffs
- The fire destroyed 150 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.
SLATER FIRE IN DETAIL
The Slater Fire is burning in the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests in Siskiyou and Del Norte Counties in California, which remains 157,229 acres and is 87 percent contained, began on Sept. 08. The cause of the fire is still unknown, though the blaze has resulted in 150 structures destroyed.
Similarly, the homes of wildlife have also been destroyed. The County Department of Agriculture reminds residents to be aware of roaming livestock and other animals as they re-enter fire-affected communities.
baby mountain lion rescued from fire Credit: Courtesy Oakland Zoo
THE CAUSE OF THE SLATER FIRE
A consultant said Pacific Power 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 SLATER FIRE
If you are under evacuation orders, leave. Leave quickly. This is a fire that has consumed 157,000 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 SLATER 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.