For many people in California, the month of November was defined by the Camp Fire, which was the deadliest and most devastating fire in California history. As of November 28th, the Camp Fire has taken 88 lives and has left another 200 people still missing. With thousands of homes and businesses destroyed, many are left trying to pick up and hold onto the parts of their lives that remain intact.
On November 7th, PG&E contacted a resident from Pulga, California to access the resident’s property because their power lines were causing sparks. This location was close to the origin of the fire. On November 9th, PG&E reported to regulators that there was a problem with a line close to the ignition point of the November 8th fire. And on November 16th, PG&E stated in a filing to the utilities commission that it also identified a problem with its equipment near a point that is believed to be the second origin point of the fire. While our legal team is in the preliminary stages of investigating, if PG&E is found to have caused the fire, they should be held accountable for their actions - accountable for the communities that they tore apart, accountable for the lives that will never be the same and the lives that were lost.
For years, the attorneys at Kershaw Talley Barlow have listened to many stories like these and have been able to provide compassionate legal counsel in difficult times. We, like many of you, are angry when we hear that this fire may have been preventable. With more than $1 billion recovered in successful outcomes for our clients, we have the resources and experience to fight on your behalf.
In these trying times, it is important to have access to information that can provide necessities for you and your family. Below are some resources that can help:
- Visit this site to see a list of available housing in the area for Camp Fire evacuees: https://www.campfirehousing.org/
- Another source to see potential housing: https://nonprofithousing.org/
- Airbnb is providing services as well: https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/buttecounty
- Shelter Locations (open as of 11/26/18):
- Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E. Yolo Street, Orland, CA
- Butte County Fairgrounds, 199 E. Hazel Street, Gridley, CA
Help for Finding Loved Ones
- Contact North Valley Animal Disaster Group at (530) 895-0000 to report lost pets.
Expedited Unemployment Benefits
FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline if you have questions about the help offered by FEMA.
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week:
1-800-621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS)
Contact Kershaw Talley Barlow at (916) 520-6639 for more information about the Camp Fire or if you or someone you know suffered injuries or losses as a result of the Camp Fire.