A wildfire can take a serious toll on you, your family, and your business
On September 15, 2021, Singleton Schreiber announced two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E, over their negligence in failing to shut off power to the area where the fire sparked, even when they knew there were high-risk conditions.
Singleton Schreiber managing partner Gerald Singleton appeared on Northern California’s Fox40 affiliate on September 16 to discuss the Dixie Fire lawsuit.
“It’s so difficult,” he said. “I’ve spoken with and represented thousands of fire victims over the years, and while all of their stories have a lot in common, all of them are unique. Everybody’s loss is unique.” Singleton said PG&E is so far behind in protecting the grid that they can’t keep up. “It’s just tragic.”
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Find a Dixie Fire Lawyer
If you or a loved one were affected by the Dixie Fire, contact an experienced California fire attorney at Singleton Schreiber to learn about Dixie Fire compensation and understand your legal options.
Whether you rent or own your property, you shouldn’t pay the price for wildfires caused by negligent power companies. You deserve to be reimbursed for your losses. If you’ve been affected, our fire litigation team will fight for you.
Years of experience in fire litigation have allowed our attorneys to develop strong relationships with qualified fire experts who can help achieve the very best results for your case. If you’ve sustained damages as a result of a fire, in California or another state, the Singleton Schreiber team is here to inform you of your legal options and ensure your interests are represented.
Background on Dixie Fire Lawsuit
The Dixie Fire started North of the Cresta Dam in Butte County on July 13, 2021, and it has burned over 960,000 acres. The Butte County fire scorched through the Plumas National Forest and surrounded Lake Almanor, as it tore through neighboring Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama Counties. It has been burning for more than two months and is still not fully contained.
After growing 500 acres in its first night, the Dixie Fire has expanded and merged with several nearby fires to become the largest single wildfire in California state history.
Some of the most affected communities are: Caribou, Belden, Prattville, Jonesville, Philbrook, Lower Almanor, High Lakes, Storrie, Tobin, Rock Creek, Belden, Rich Bar, Virgilia, Seneca, Twain, Bucks Lake, Meadow Valley.
Cal Fire is issuing daily updates on the Dixie Fire. Check largest single wildfire in California state history for resources and updated evacuation information.
Cause of the Dixie Fire: Will PG&E Lawsuit Yield Dixie Fire Settlement?
The cause of the Dixie Fire is under investigation by CAL FIRE, but preliminary reports indicate that PG&E equipment failures caused it. PG&E has publicly stated that a blown fuse on one of their utility poles may have sparked the fire. People and business owners who sustained injuries or damages in the Dixie Fire should seek the legal counsel of an experienced California fire lawyer as soon as possible.
In a report submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E said that an employee responding to an outage on July 13 along the Feather River Canyon near Cresta Dam observed two blown fuses and a tree leaning into a conductor, with a fire at the base of the tree, in a densely forested area of Butte County.
The worker removed the third fuse at risk of blowing and reported the fire to his supervisor, who called 911. At that point, the fire had already grown too quickly to be contained.
If you or a loved one have experienced a Dixie Fire evacuation, property damage or loss, or any injury, hospitalization, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issue caused by the Dixie Fire or other California wildfires, the competent fire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber can help you recover the fair and full compensation you need to move forward with your life.
If You Have Experienced Any of the Following, You May Be Eligible for Dixie Fire Compensation.
- Expensive Evacuation
- Wrongful Death from Fire or Smoke
- Serious Burns
- Other Serious Personal Injury
- Long-Term Health Effects
- Psychological Impact
- Home Loss
- Structure Loss
- Damage to Animals/Pets
- Damage to Timber/Trees
- Vegetation Loss
- Damage to Landscaping
- Significant Property Damage
- Economic Loss
- Agriculture Loss
- Damage to Infrastructure
- Business Loss
- Business Interruption
- Smoke Damage
- Damage from Soot & Ash
- Underinsured Property
- FEMA Assistance
- Utility & Other Service Interruptions
- Housing Market Impacts
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many acres has the Dixie Fire burned?
The Dixie Fire burned more than 963,000 acres in just over two months. The Butte County Fire surrounded Lake Almanor and scorched through the Plumas National Forest. The nearly one-million-acre fire was the second-largest wildfire in California state history, and the largest wildfire started by a utility company. Check here for resources and updated evacuation orders.
After starting on the afternoon of July 13, 2021, the Dixie Fire grew to over 500 acres overnight and later merged with several nearby fires. On September 15, Singleton Schreiber announced two Dixie Fire lawsuits against PG&E to hold the power company responsible for the extensive injuries and property damage caused by the fire.
- How many homes has the Dixie Fire destroyed or damaged?
The Dixie Fire destroyed more than 9,000 structures and 700 homes — and threatened tens of thousands more.
- What caused the Dixie Fire?
An investigation is underway into the origin of the Dixie Fire, but several claims are being made against specific Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) infrastructure.
In a PG&E report submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission, the utility company said that an employee responding to an outage on July 13 along the Feather River Canyon near Cresta Dam observed two blown fuses and a tree leaning into a conductor, with a fire at the base of the tree, in a densely forested area of Butte County.
The worker then removed a third fuse at risk and reported the fire, and his supervisor called 911. This occurred just before 5 p.m., and by 8 a.m. the next day, the fire had already grown by more than 500 acres.
- Has PG&E claimed responsibility for the Dixie Fire?
PG&E has not claimed full responsibility for the Dixie Fire, but the utility has publicly said that its equipment may be to blame for the blaze. Singleton Schreiber are bringing two lawsuits against the utility company for negligence over its role in failing to prevent the fire.
- Is the Dixie Fire contained?
The Dixie Fire scorched nearly one million acres and burned for more than two months before it was finally fully contained.
- How can Dixie Fire victims seek compensation for damages?
If you or a loved one were affected by the Dixie Fire, contact an experienced attorney at Singleton Schreiber to find a Dixie Fire lawyer and understand your legal options.
Homeowners, renters, business owners, and others may have valid legal claims to substantial compensation for property damage and property loss caused by the Dixie Fire.
- Can renters get compensation for California wildfires?
If you’re a renter, you can join a class-action lawsuit, if one is filed, against the utility companies seeking compensation for damages from the Dixie Fire or other recent California wildfires.
Whether you rent or own your property, you shouldn’t pay the price for wildfires caused by negligent power companies. If a utility company’s equipment sparks a fire that damages your property, you deserve to be reimbursed for your losses.
- How much compensation will Dixie Fire victims receive from PG&E?
Although there likely will be hundreds (if not thousands) of individuals who suffer damages, we handle each case individually. Our goal is to recover the maximum amount of legal damages for each individual based on each individual’s unique losses. That amount can range from tens of thousands of dollars to tens of millions. PG&E has hundreds of millions of dollars available in insurance funds and can borrow additional money in order to pay all damages caused by this fire.
If you have experienced property damage or loss caused by the Dixie Fire or another wildfire, or if you or a loved one has incurred hospitalization, severe burns or other physical injuries, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issues, the experienced California wildfire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber can help you recover the fair and full compensation you need to move forward with your life.
Schedule your free claim evaluation and find your Dixie Fire lawyer today.
News & Insights
- |Media Mention, The Sacramento Bee
Singleton Schreiber was mentioned in a Sacramento Bee article titled, "After Tree Trimming Declared Ineffective, PG&E Adopts New Wildfire Mitigation Strategy," on August 4, 2023.
- |Media Mention, Law360
Senior Trial Counsel Paul Starita was quoted in a Law360 article titled, "PG&E Sued Over Smoke Health Harms of Dixie, Fly Wildfires," on August 1, 2023. In the article, Mr. Starita ...
- |Media Mention, The San Francisco Chronicle
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. struck deals worth upward of $55 million with six counties devastated by wildfires on Monday, agreements that place the utility under five years of independent ...
- |Media Mention, North State Public RadioPG&E could be the first utility to access California’s wildfire liability fund after starting Dixie Fire
Pacific Gas & Electric could be the first company to access a wildfire liability fund established by the state over two years ago, intended to keep utilities solvent after causing major ...
- |Media Mention, Yahoo! News
A day after state officials concluded that a tree falling into Pacific Gas and Electric Company power lines started the massive Dixie Fire last summer, the utility said millions of other trees ...
- |Media Mention, FOX 40 News
Pacific Gas and Electric Company officials said they expect to lose more than $1 billion as a result of the Dixie Fire.
The utility has announced that it’s been subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney ...
- |Media Mention, Northern California Record
Nearly 200 plaintiffs have filed a pair of lawsuits against PG&E, alleging the company caused the Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in California history.
- |Media Mention, LA Times
Victims from the nearly 1 million-acre Dixie Fire still burning in Northern California have sued Pacific Gas & Electric amid suspicions that the utility’s equipment may have sparked the ...
- |Media Mention, FOX 40 News
As the Dixie Fire continues to burn two months after starting its devastating romp across five California counties, some of the people who’ve lost everything are suing Pacific Gas and ...
- |Media Mention, PV Magazine
Two lawsuits claiming to be on behalf of nearly 200 plaintiffs have been filed, alleging that Pacific Gas & Electric equipment caused the Dixie Fire, a wildfire that began July 13 and became the ...
- |Media Mention, North Bay Business Journal
PG&E Corp. is being sued by more than 200 victims of the Dixie fire, adding to the potential wildfire liabilities confronting a utility that barely a year ago emerged from a bankruptcy case ...
- |Media Mention, KSRO FM
Over 200 victims of the ongoing Dixie Fire are suing PG&E for wildfire liabilities. Attorneys filed a pair of lawsuits and stated in part that the utility failed to foresee fire threats and ...
- |Article, StreetInsider
The plaintiffs in the case filed today say they believe the Dixie Fire was caused by a Douglas Fir tree leaning into PG&E’s high voltage distribution line, which the blown fuses were designed ...
- |Media Mention, The Sacramento Bee
Singleton Schreiber, which has tangled with PG&E for years over wildfire liability claims, said Wednesday it’s filed a pair of lawsuits against California’s largest utility over ...
- |Media Mention, KCRA News 3
Nearly 200 homeowners, renters and business owners are suing Pacific Gas and Electric, alleging the utility is responsible for losses they’ve suffered from the Dixie Fire.
The lawsuit ...
- |Media Mention, KRON 4 News
Two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of nearly 200 people alleging PG&E caused the Dixie Fire, the second-largest wildfire in California history.
The filing blames several blown fuses and ...
- |Media Mention, CBS News Bay Area
Two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of nearly 200 people alleging Pacific Gas and Electric caused the massive Dixie Fire which has burned nearly one million acres in five Northern ...
- |Media Mention, FOX 40 News
GREENVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Community members in Greenville are suing Pacific Gas and Electric, alleging the utility is responsible for the destruction of hundreds of homes and ...