Filing Deadline for 2017-2018 Northern California Wildfire Claims Extended to December 31, 2019

Northern California Wine Country Fires

Proof of claim process is easy but must be completed by Tuesday December 31st, 2019

If you were affected by the PG&E fires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you have until 5 PM on Tuesday December 31st, 2019 to file a Proof of Claim. The form is simple. It takes ten minutes to fill out, yet half of those who had painful losses have not filed a claim. [Read more…]

Claims Deadline Extended to December 20, 2019 for 2017-2018 Northern California Wildfires

Northern California Wine Country Fires

Easy Proof of Claim process must now be completed by Friday December 20, 2019

If you suffered losses as a result of the Northern California wildfires of 2015, 2017 or 2018, you now have until 5 PM on Friday, December 20th, 2019 to file a Proof of Claim. The form is simple, and takes ten minutes to fill out. No lawyer is required — though Lieff Cabraser is open to representing as clients those with substantial, complex claims who would benefit from a lawyer and who have not yet filed their Proof of Claim. [Read more…]

Cal Fire Determines 2018 Camp Fire Was Caused by PG&E Electrical Lines

California Wildfires

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has issued a news release stating that “a very meticulous and thorough investigation” has determined that the November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County “was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area.” The deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, the Camp fire began on the morning of November 8, 2018, and burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and resulting in 85 civilian fatalities and several firefighter injuries. [Read more…]

Camp Wildfire Devastates Over 100,000 Acres, 40,000 Evacuated, PG&E Reports Equipment Flaws in Area

Firefighters fighting burning blaze

Our thoughts and our hearts go out to our neighbors, colleagues, and friends in northern California, especially those who have lost their lives, homes, and businesses in this newest series of horrific fires.

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the safety personnel and first responders working tirelessly to bring the fires under control and provide aid during this extremely difficult time throughout the affected areas.

Various news reports indicate that the fire, being called the Camp Fire, broke out early Thursday and has already grown to burn over 80,000 acres in Northern California near Chico, essentially wiping out the town of Paradise and causing at least 40,000 residents to evacuate.

As the fire continues to rage, with only 5% containment, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. today informed Cal Fire regulators that a high-voltage line close to the starting point of the now-huge Camp Fire had experienced a problem and outage just before the first flames appeared. PG&E made a small filing to the California Public Utilities Commission indicating that it had recorded an outage on the line about 20 minutes before the Camp Fire started, approximately 6:15 a.m. Thursday, November 8th. [Read more…]