Dixie Wildfire Attorneys
Helping Californians who suffered losses or injuries in the Dixie Fire
The Dixie Wildfire was the second-largest wildfire in California’s history and caused unfathomable damage and losses. A recent investigation by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has determined that Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) equipment started the Dixie Wildfire.
As the leading law firm handling Dixie Wildfire claims, McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP is ready and able to help you. We are representing more than 2,000 claimants, and are currently reviewing additional cases. We helped to secure a $13.5 billion settlement against PG&E for victims of the Butte, Ghost Ship, and North Bay Fires, and we are ready to take them on again. When you need help after a utility fire, we are here.
How can we help today?
- Fast facts about the Dixie Wildfire
- PG&E’s responsibility for the Dixie Wildfire
- McNicholas & McNicholas’s work for communities harmed by wildfires
- What wildfire claims have you handled?
- What damages can I seek from a wildfire claim?
- How long do I have to file a claim for a wildfire loss?
- What should I bring with me to a meeting with a wildfire attorney?
Fast facts about the Dixie Wildfire
PG&E’s responsibility for the Dixie Wildfire
On January 4, 2022, Cal Fire released its findings regarding the cause of the Dixie Fire:
CAL FIRE investigators were dispatched to the Dixie Fire and began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. After a meticulous and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the Dixie Fire was caused by a tree contacting electrical distribution lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) located west of Cresta Dam.
These findings should not come as a surprise; PG&E admitted back in July that its equipment may have been involved in the fire: “PG&E said in a report Sunday to the California Public Utilities Commission that a repair man responding to a circuit outage on July 13 spotted blown fuses in a conductor atop a pole, a tree leaning into the conductor and fire at the base of the tree.”
McNicholas & McNicholas’s work for communities harmed by wildfires
We understand the devastation that wildfires and utility fires cause. So many families and business owners lost everything, and the litigation to hold PG&E accountable will be both complex and time-consuming.
To help our community, McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP has been sponsoring community events, such as:
- Townhall meetings in Greenville, Chester, and Westwood
- Gas events in Chester and Westwood
- Propane and firewood events at the Evergreen Market parking lot in Greenville
- Gift card giveaways to people who suffered losses in the Dixie Wildfire
- Holiday dinner events, including events for Thanksgiving and Christmas
McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP has already started filing lawsuits against PG&E on behalf of those who suffered losses in the Dixie Wildfire. Defendants are in the process of stipulating with your legal team to having the cases coordinated in front of Judge Cheng in the complex civil litigation department. Judge Cheng has successfully handled other PG&E Wildfire matters from past fires in an expedient manner. This is great news for the litigation on behalf of Dixie Fire Survivors. If you are interested in filing a lawsuit against PG&E, contact us today.
What wildfire claims have you handled?
McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP is a leading utility fire litigation law firm in California, having represented clients in lawsuits and claims stemming from:
- Creek Fires: Lead Counsel
- Getty Fire: Lead Counsel
- North Bay Complex Fires (Tubbs, Santa Rosa): Plaintiff’s Steering Committee
- Paradise/Camp Fire: Plaintiff’s Steering Committee
- Thomas Fire: Plaintiff’s Steering Committee
- Woolsey Fire: Plaintiff’s Steering Committee
What damages can I seek in a Dixie Wildfire claim?
PG&E must be held accountable for its role in the Dixie Wildfire. If you suffered injuries or losses, you can file a claim or lawsuit against PG&E for your:
- Property damages
- Loss of homes
- Loss of businesses
- Evacuation costs
- Relocation costs
- Lost wages
- Medical costs associated with injuries
- Emotional distress and trauma
How long do I have to file a claim for a wildfire loss?
There are two ways to address your losses, and each have different timelines.
- If you are filing an insurance claim, review your policy to determine how long you have to file a claim for your losses.
- If you are filing a lawsuit against PG&E, contact McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP as soon as possible, so we can get started on your claim.
Our wildfire attorneys offer free consultations, which means it costs you nothing to speak with us about potentially filing a lawsuit against PG&E.
What should I bring with me to a meeting with a wildfire attorney?
You will need the following information and documentation:
- Photographs and/or video footage of your possessions (called “contents” in insurance claims) and your home before you are forced to evacuate. Business owners should also photograph or record the contents of their properties, including contents in warehouses.
- Documents such as:
- Insurance policies
- Birth certificates
- SSN cards
- Receipts for all cost-of-living expenses, including accommodations, food, clothing, etc.
- Receipts for all business costs, including miles driven
- Any copies of communications between you and your insurance company, including emails, letters, voicemails, and more.
We recommend that you also keep a daily journal of your experiences. Wildfire litigation is a complex process, and it takes time. Often, people remember the feelings and emotions associated with their losses but forget the small details that can help their claims. By recording what your days are like – and what your responses are to new information – we can help recreate that loss for a jury or during settlement negotiations.
Do you have a wildfire attorney near me?
McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP maintains an office at 160 Main Street in Chester, California. We are conveniently located right off Route 36.
Fighting for Californians who suffered losses form the Dixie Wildfire
As one of the premier utility litigation firms in the area, McNicholas & McNicholas can assist homeowners, business owners, and property owners in claims against PG&E for losses resulting from the Dixie Wildfire. As part of the legal team which secured the $13.5 billion wildfire settlement with PG&E, we understand exactly what it takes to build a successfully claim against a negligent utility.
If you have suffered losses stemming from the Dixie Wildfire, McNicholas & McNicholas has the experience, skill, and resources you want on your side. Contact us today by calling 310.474.1582 or filling out our contact form.
Please note that this content is not to be construed as legal advice. Because every case is fact-specific, you should consult directly with an attorney to obtain legal advice specific to your situation.