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State Officials Confirm California Wildfires Caused by Power Lines

On Friday, state fire officials confirmed that four of the wildfires that roared through Northern California last fall—burning 14 square miles and destroying 130+ buildings—were caused by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) power lines that came into contact with trees. Per the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, three of them could have been prevented had PG&E made more of an effort to stay clear of the trees.

CalFire has since turned these findings over to local prosecutors of counties where the fires occurred.

PG&E has reported that it will be reviewing the findings to add safety precautions to its procedures. “Based on the information we have so far, we believe our overall programs met our state’s high standards,” said PG&E in a statement. They then stated that they inspect and monitor every line at least once per year.

These four fires were part of more than 170 that blazed across California in October 2017, contained mostly to Nevada and Butte counties, as well as large parts of California wine country.

In total, these fires destroyed more than 380 square miles.

Wildfire Lawyers: Helping Northern California Recover

Last October, countless individuals and families were left devastated by the wildfires that consumed homes, land, and businesses. In total, more than 40 people were killed and thousands of buildings were demolished in the flames—including wineries, homes, and more. Napa and Sonoma County residents have been left to pick up the pieces and left with countless questions about the fires, including how they started and who is responsible.

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, our wildfire lawyers have been there to help people just like you during the recovery process. Our very own Attorney Jason Itkin and his family are local vineyard owners. To our firm, this damage is personal, and we’re here to help however we can. If you have questions about what can be done to recover from these devastating wildfires or have questions about the insurance claim process, we encourage you to contact us today. We offer a completely free consultation where you can learn about your legal options and discuss your next steps. To get started, all you need to do is give our Napa & Sonoma wildfire attorneys a call.

Fill out our online form or call (888) 493-1629 to schedule a 100% free consultation with our firm. We are here to help with your wildfire insurance and PG&E claims. Learn how we can help you recover.