Leading fire litigation firm Singleton Schreiber LLP has filed a lawsuit in Siskiyou County, Calif., on behalf of 42 plaintiffs alleging PacifiCorp caused the devastating Slater Fire in September 2020.
The Slater Fire sparked on September 8, 2020 in Siskiyou and Del Norte counties in California and Josephine County in Oregon. Prior to the Slater Fire igniting, the National Weather Service had issued warnings for days that hot, dry winds in excess of 50 mph would hit the drought-stricken area. In response, many utilities deenergized their power lines, but defendants PacifiCorp (and its parent company Pacific Power) did not. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that PacifiCorp and Pacific Power did not implement proper vegetation management programs to protect their power lines from trees crashing into them during high winds.