The Caldor Fire is a wildfire in Northern California that has already caused property damage and destruction across more than 200,000 acres at 50 percent containment (as of September 2021). It became the second fire in the state’s history to cross over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, just days after the first to do so, the Dixie Fire.
If you’ve been impacted by the Caldor Fire, please contact us today for a free consultation about a potential lawsuit. You may be eligible for financial compensation from the party or parties that caused the fire, such as an electric company The team of wildfire attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can help you and your family during this difficult time.
Facts About the Caldor Fire
The latest information about the Caldor Fire from CAL FIRE, as of September 8, 2021, is as follows:
- The cause of the Caldor Fire is currently under investigation.
- It was named after the old logging town of Caldor, located near Omo Ranch.
- The Caldor Fire began near Little Mountain, California in El Dorado County on August 14, 2021. It was first reported East of Omo Ranch and South of the Grizzly Flats community.
- The fire began to spread slowly, but high winds on August 16 caused it to rapidly grow, reaching 6,500 acres by that night and 30,000 acres by the next day.
- As of September 8, it has burned 217,859 acres across three counties: El Dorado, Alpine and Amador Counties.
- It is 50 percent contained. It has destroyed nearly 1,000 structures and damaged 80 others. These include both residential and commercial buildings.
- It is currently number 15 on CAL FIRE’s list of the top 20 largest wildfires in California’s history and number 17 on the list of most destructive.
- There have been no reported deaths connected to the Caldor Fire. However, there have been seven firefighter injuries and two civilian injuries.
For further updates, including prior status reports, track the activity of the Caldor Fire here.
When Can You File a Lawsuit for a Wildfire in California?
If your home has been damaged or destroyed by the Caldor Fire, you may be eligible for financial compensation for repairs. Your first outlet for financial recovery will most likely be your homeowners or renter’s insurance policy. The standard homeowners insurance policy covers wildfire damage, including the costs to repair or replace a damaged house. If your business or commercial property was affected by the Caldor Fire, your business insurance will pay for property repairs and lost revenue.
Another possibility for financial recovery is a lawsuit if the final report confirms that one or more parties caused the Caldor Fire, such as a utility company. If an individual or entity caused or contributed to the fire through careless or unreasonable acts, such as an electric company failing to maintain its equipment, a camper leaving a campfire unattended or someone using fireworks in a restricted area, that party may be financially responsible (liable) for your damages.
California Electric Companies and Wildfire Lawsuits
Some of the largest and most destructive wildfires in California’s history have been caused by electric companies – namely, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison. Electric companies are often responsible for sparking wildfires through acts of negligence such as:
- Violating fire safety standards.
- Improperly installing power lines.
- Failing to inspect electrical equipment regularly.
- Ignoring the need for equipment repairs or replacement.
- Using old and outdated power poles and powerlines to save money.
- Failing to cut back trees and vegetation near power poles.
If it is discovered that the Caldor Fire was caused by an electric company, contact us for assistance bringing a lawsuit for your losses. Even if the company wasn’t negligent, it may still be liable for your damages.
Contact Our Wildfire Attorneys About a Caldor Fire Lawsuit Today
Wildfires are devastating tragedies that can often be prevented. The majority of wildfires in California are caused by human activity. If you need assistance with an insurance claim or lawsuit for losses arising from the Caldor Fire, call our lawyers at (415) 889-2919 for a free initial case consultation. Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can make sure that your family has everything that it needs to recover and move forward.