The California wildfires are dominating the news and causing destruction and death across the state. While people are facing an uncertain future because of this ongoing issue, there are often disputes as to what caused the initial fires to break out.
In many cases, it could have been due to mistakes on the part of energy companies and their employees. For people who have been impacted by wildfires in any way, it is important to pay attention to reports about what sparked the fire and to have legal advice on how to proceed.
Investigation gauges if utility company caused wildfire
Southern California Edison is being investigated by the federal government to determine if its equipment was the reason a major wildfire started. The first report of the fire came about close to a dam at shortly after noon on Sept. 6. According to Edison – which is cooperating with the investigation – it had an equipment issue five minutes earlier. The issue was referred to as an event or disturbance. There was smoke before the utility’s circuit noticed this activity. The area in which the fire started is viewed as remote and it is still unclear as to how it started.
This fire has led to the burning of more than two dozen properties and became one of the largest fires in the area’s history. Spokespeople for the Angeles National Forest are hoping that the positive weather conditions will help with containing the blaze. Firefighters are struggling to combat the fire due to its difficult location.
Because of the wildfires, residents are being forced to evacuate and to be aware of the possibility that the fire may reach them. Many of these wildfires have been connected to environmental issues and the burning of resources. This dries out the area, making it prone to fires.
Seeking compensation for loss in wildfires
A wildfire can cause a person to lose everything they have worked so hard to achieve. They can face homelessness, property damage, loss of income and emotional hardship. The destruction left in the wake of a fire can even cause injuries and death.
As the causes of these fires are investigated, it is imperative for those who suffered loss to understand their rights and know what steps to take to be sufficiently compensated. Having legal assistance with a firm that has experience in fire law can be crucial to a claim. Calling for a consultation is vital and should be initiated as soon as possible.