During November 2018, the Camp Fire burned through more than 153,000 acres in Northern California. It became the deadliest and most devastating fire in California’s history. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) incident report, 86 civilians died in the Camp Fire. In addition, nearly 14,000 residences and 5,000 commercial and other buildings were destroyed. More than 1,000 residential and commercial properties suffered damage.
Although the cause of the Camp Fire continues to be investigated, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) may be responsible for the devastation. Shortly after the Camp Fire started, PG&E reported an outage on a transmission line near the area where the fire is believed to have started.
In January 2019, a federal judge overseeing a criminal case against PG&E found that many of the wildfires that have occurred over the past two years were caused by trees and tree limbs falling on power lines during high winds. The judge also found that many of the power lines are not insulated and are placed in areas where there is heavy vegetation, such as tall grass, brush, and oak and pine trees. In addition to these revelations, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra noted that PG&E may face criminal charges for its role in the Camp Fire.
J.P. Morgan Chase estimates that PG&E could be liable for between $8.7 billion and $13 billion in damages caused by the Camp Fire. Due to the number of claims it is facing, PG&E recently announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Survivors of the Camp Fire and their family members may be able to file lawsuits against PG&E. Compensation from lawsuits may help pay for damages associated with these wildfires, such as injuries, deaths, property damage, and other expenses.
If you or your family suffered losses during the Camp Fire, you may have a claim to recover compensation. Our attorneys are here to help you with your potential Camp Fire lawsuit. Please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (866) 265-0874. We offer free consultations that can help you determine whether it would be possible to recover compensation.