California Wildfires 2018: Who’s Affected?
Did you suffer property damage and tree damage caused by the California wildfire 2018?
Experienced property damage attorneys can help make sure that you are fairly compensated by your insurance company for the damages caused by one of the California wildfires.
Get help for damage caused by one of the following California wildfires:
- Camp Fire
- Hill Fire
- Thomas Fire
- Woolsey Fire
California Wildfire History
Due to California’s dry, windy and hot climate, wildfires often occur from spring to late autumn. In addition to the natural climate, more than 350,000 Californians live in towns and cities marked with a “very high fire hazard severity” warning, according to a McClatchy analysis.
The Thomas Fire was the largest wildfire in California history. It started in December 2017, lasting for more than a month and burned almost 300,000 acres.
The fire destroyed more than 1,000 structures and damaged hundreds more. Besides buildings, the Thomas Fire also destroyed landscaping, trees, fencing, and vegetation.
The California wildfires continued to destroy properties in 2018, caused by the Woolsey Fire and Camp Fire. Whether you are just beginning the claim process with your insurance company or you have already received compensation, an experienced wildfire attorney can help make sure that you receive fair compensation for your property.
While the full value of homes and buildings are typically covered by property insurance policies, landscape and trees are not. Only about 5% of insurance policies are typically allocated for tree damage. But many of the properties destroyed by the fires included very old and mature trees that provide enormous value as well as usefulness to the property.
Compensation for old growth trees typically falls below its value. However, you should receive fair compensation for both property and tree damage.
You may also be underinsured for your home or property. If you did not have sufficient insurance, you may need someone to investigate other options for full and complete compensation.
If you have already received an insurance claim that you aren’t happy with or you find that you have a shortfall, legal help is available.
Fill out the short form on this page to see if you qualify for further compensation.
CA Wildfire Locations
The California wildfires 2018 caused an unprecedented amount of catastrophic damage and loss of life that rapidly spread across the state.
The Camp Fire in Butte County in Northern California caused a significant amount of damage, burning through 153,000 acres of land and destroying approximately 14,000 residences, according to the Washington Post. The horrific fire also took at least 85 lives, displacing thousands and marking it as the most destructive wildfire in the history of California.
The Hill Fire, in the Santa Rosa Valley area of Ventura County in Southern California, burned more than 4,500 acres.
If you or a loved one suffered property damage in the Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire, Hill Fire or last year’s Thomas Fire, legal help is available to help you through the claim process with your insurance company.
Thomas Fire Damage
The Thomas Fire started on Dec. 4, 2017, and took more than a month for it to be contained on Jan. 12, 2018. It began just south of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County and spread from there, reaching Santa Barbara County. The fire was named after the college.
The estimated cost of damage by the wildfire is more than $2.2 billion.
If your property was damaged or destroyed in the Thomas Fire, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the following damages:
- Structures/Building: If property owners plan to restore the property that was destroyed, homeowners should receive the pre-fire value in addition to funds to pay for upgrades to bring the property up to code.
- Landscaping/Trees: Destroyed landscaping and old trees are often under-insured, but old growth mature trees can add significant value to a property and may qualify for further compensation.
- Fencing: If you’re a rancher or agricultural grower and had fencing that was destroyed, fencing may also qualify for recoverable damages.
- Erosion Control: If vegetation was destroyed that helped prevent erosion around your property, such damage may also qualify for compensation. If not properly repaired, such erosion damage can lead to dangerous mudslides down the road.
You may also qualify for damages for personal property, emotional distress, mental anguish, injuries, death, business income loss, agricultural loss, and other related damages.
There are a number of contributing factors that may have led to the ignition of the California 2018 Wildfires. An increase in fuel, conditions in the atmosphere and residential construction bordering on unoccupied land are all combining elements that have been said to have contributed to the wildfires.
Other California wildfire causes include accidents from large corporations that set off a chain of events. In December of 2019 a monumental $13.5 billion settlement with Californian utility company Pacific Gas and Electric was agreed upon for the wildfire victims, according to BBC.
Investigators determined that transmission lines were the cause of the 2018 Camp Fire, while the 2015 Butte Fire was the result of a PG&E power line collision with a tree.
Thomas Fire Sparked by Southern California Edison Equipment
Southern California Edison released a statement on Oct. 30, 2018 saying that its equipment sparked at least one of the starting points that started the Thomas Fire.
“Witnesses have reported that a fire ignited along Koenigstein Road near an SCE power pole, and SCE believes that its equipment was associated with this ignition,” the statement said.
Edison has already been hit with Thomas Fire lawsuits.
Read more: California Wildfires: Who’s Responsible?
Even if you already received compensation from an insurance claim, you may be entitled to additional compensation from Southern California Edison for its role in starting the Thomas Fire.
See if you qualify to file a Thomas Fire lawsuit by submitting your information on the short form on this page free case review by experienced property damage attorneys.
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