The Northern California wildfires are the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. Now that the Atlas and Tubbs fires are fully contained, the thousands of evacuees are returning home—some, to decimated neighborhoods.
If your home or property was damaged in the wildfires, download our free wildfire recovery checklist below for guidance on home inspections, repair, and insurance claims.
Californians who were injured in the Atlas or Tubbs fires, or who suffered property damage, may be eligible to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit may be able to provide compensation to help you and your family rebuild after this tragedy. Contact us to learn more about your legal options.
What Caused the Fires?
Sonoma County dispatchers received reports of downed PG&E power lines, exploding transmitters, and sparking wires.
On October 8, 2017, Sonoma County dispatchers received reports of downed PG&E power lines, exploding transmitters, and sparking wires in 10 different locations over a 90-minute period.
With high winds in excess of 75 mph that night and early the following morning, events quickly spiraled out of control, resulting in 15 different fires across a 100-mile swath of Northern California. It took firefighters more than three weeks to fully contain the fires.
ClassAction.com attorneys are investigating claims that these events were caused by tree branches and other vegetation that PG&E would have been legally required to clear due to their proximity to high-voltage power lines.
Deadliest Fires in CA’s History
Forty-two lives were lost and 50 people remain missing in Sonoma County.
The fires burned more than 240,000 acres across Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Butte, and Solano counties. In the fires’ wake lies more than 8,000 destroyed structures, including homes and businesses. Forty-two lives were lost and 50 people remain missing in Sonoma County.
This devastation has already made them the deadliest and most destructive Californian fires in history, surpassing San Diego’s 2003 Cedar fire which destroyed 2,820 structures, and the 1933 Griffith Park fire which claimed 29 lives.
Worst Air Quality Ever Recorded
The fires aren’t just affecting those who live in one of the six counties in flames, but all of Northern California. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that San Francisco had an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 161. An AQI of 0 to 50 is considered “good.”
It’s the worst air quality on record for the Bay Area. It’s particularly dangerous for sensitive groups like children and the elderly, and those with lung conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Studies have also shown that wildfire smoke inhalation can increase the risk for stroke and heart attack in the elderly and people with heart disease.
Victims May Be Eligible to File a Lawsuit
ClassAction.com attorneys are investigating the cause of the Northern California wildfires to hold responsible parties accountable.
If you were injured or if you lost property as a result of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, you may be eligible for a lawsuit. A lawsuit can help recover compensation for medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
Our firm has represented victims of natural disasters throughout the country, including the Porter Ranch gas well blowout and the Calumet lead crisis. We have the experience and resources (including more than 350 attorneys across 40 offices) to tackle complex litigation like this.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal review.