As is typical after a wildfire, insurers are requiring survivors to submit detailed “personal property inventories” listing the property they lost in the Maui Wildfire before paying Lahaina homeowners the limits of their personal property coverage. Preparing the inventories can take hours or even days. Not surprisingly, many survivors find it traumatic to list all
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There are things that Maui wildfire survivors can do right now to help make the recovery process easier. Once you and your loved ones are out of imminent danger, you should immediately contact your insurance company, make a plan for housing, track all expenses and insurance interactions, and prepare an inventory of your losses.
Looks as though Hawai’ian Electric Company is legally responsible for the Maui Wildfire. After all, it:
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…
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…
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 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,
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
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…