On October 31, 2022, the Fire Victim’s Trust announced an additional sale of 35 million shares in PG&E stock at $15.25 per share to provide compensation for victims of the 2015 Butte, 2017 North Bay, and 2018 Camp Fire. This news comes shortly after the Fire Victim’s Trust sold 35 million shares at $13.65 per
Fires and Explosions
Cal Fire Announces that PG&E’s Facilities Sparked Dixie Fire
After a “meticulous and thorough investigation,” Cal Fire concludes that the Dixie Fire was caused by a tree contacting PG&E’s electrical lines.
No surprise, given that PG&E all but admitted as much last July.
We can expect Cal Fire to now join the lawsuit we’ve filed on behalf of our Dixie clients, seeking to recover…
Dealing with Burnt Trees After the Dixie Fire
One of the first post-fire issues landowners face is property cleanup. Debris can include homes, vehicles, structures, personal property, chemicals, and toxins.
Debris cleanup also includes burnt trees. How and when to remove damaged trees is one of the most complicated situations an owner will have to deal with post-fire.
How and when to remove
FEMA Help and the Dixie Fire
FEMA aid is now available for Dixie Fire survivors. Aid can include money for temporary housing, for repairs, and for certain personal properly losses.
Deadline for registering is October 15.
- By and large, FEMA helps only when the loss is uninsured or underinsured. For example, if your insurer provides Alternative Living Expense coverage,
Dixie Fire and California FAIR Plan Coverage
I was covered for the Dixie Fire under the California FAIR Plan. What now?
The good news is that FAIR Plan policies pay for the cash value of your dwelling, and the cash value of its contents. But that’s about it.
- No rebuilding costs. Most FAIR Plan policies pay only for the dwelling’s actual cash
Dixie Fire: More on PG&E’s Ability to Pay
The Dixie Fire is now the second largest wildfire in California history, at nearly 500,000 acres. So far, it has destroyed more than 1000 structures, including 550 homes. It has totally destroyed the town of Greenville.
Though the fire boundaries are huge, it’s unlikely that PG&E’s financial liability from the Dixie Fire will come close…
California Wildfire Litigation Podcast
Eric Bersano interviews Mike Danko about his experience in California Wildfire Litigation:
Esquire University – California Wildfire Litigation – Attorney Mike Danko | RSS Podcasting
Dixie Fire: PG&E Likely Liable, But Can It Pay?
PG&E now acknowledges that its equipment likely ignited the Dixie Fire. In its July 18 report to state regulators, it admits that there was a power outage, that a troubleman went to investigate, that the troubleman saw a tree leaning against PG&E wires, that the troubleman saw blown fuses on the ground nearby, and…
Criminal Charges Against PG&E Will Not Help Victims of Kincade Fire
KPIX5 asks Mike Danko about the criminal charges brought against PG&E for its role in the Kincade fire. Danko explains that even if a jury renders a guilty verdict, no one at PG&E will go to jail. It’s the civil justice system, not the criminal justice system, that compensates victims for their losses.
Vegetation Management Lapses Subjects PG&E to Heightened Oversight
The CPUC seeks greater oversight over PG&E’s safety practices after finding that PG&E is not properly prioritizing the electrical lines that need tree trimming. KRONTV4 asks Mike Danko what it means.