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The fires in Maui upended lives. And for most, the path to recovery can seem daunting and full of questions. Singleton Schreiber's team of experienced wildfire attorneys have created this FAQ to provide clear and straightforward answers to the many questions you may have about your rights, options, and the support available to you in the wake of a fire.

In this comprehensive FAQ guide, we'll walk you through the steps to understand what you can recover, the role of insurance, the importance of legal representation, and how to navigate the complexities of ...

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UPDATE (August 15, 2023 9:50 PM PST) -- The County of Maui Hawaii issued a press release confirming the first two identifications of the wildfire victims, Lahaina residents Robert Dyckman and Buddy Jantoc. Also in the release, the county confirmed that there have been 114 human remains recovered that are still awaiting identification.

UPDATE (August 15, 2023 2:00 PM PST) -- According to sources, the death toll has raised to "at least 99" lives lost in the Maui wildfires, and the death toll is expected to climb, as only 25% of the burn area has been searched.


Several fires have kicked up in the last few days, one of which is the Gavilan Fire which broke out Saturday, July 15, near Gavilan Hills, east of Perris in Riverside County California.

Gavilan Fire attorneys are paying close attention to this fire, and how best to serve the local community. Firefighting crews were sent to Gavilan Road and Idaleona Road around 3:30 pm to begin dealing with the fire.

Initially, the fire was just 30 acres. Currently though, the Gavilan Fire has burnt 150 acres of what firefighters are calling “heavy fuels.” This means the type of brush and growth that is ...

The Marshall Fire that destroyed hundreds of homes December 2021 within Boulder County was recently reported of consisting of two fires with separate origins.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office gave an update on CBS News regarding the cause of the most destructive fire in Colorado history.  In the update the first fire’s origin was stated to having started on a property at 5325 Eldorado Springs Drive six days prior to the Marshall Fire, composed of tree branches on December 24th. The fire was deemed as no longer actively burning by firefighters with Mountain View Fire at that time ...

Pacific Gas & Electric agreed to a $50 million settlement with Shasta County District Attorneys as the result of the massive utility starting the Zogg Fire in 2020.

The blaze began on September 27, 2020. The fire killed four people, burned more than 56,000 acres and led to criminal charges against PG&E (which have now been dropped).

According to Cal Fire, the Zogg Fire began when a tree fell on a PG&E distribution line. There had been a tentative court order finding no evidence that multiple inspection of the area fell below industry standards.

However, there were protestors who opposed ...

The fires and floods in New Mexico made national news. The immediate effects of the devastation – the destruction of homes, the damage to forests and roadways, etc., have been covered by news outlets nationwide. However, the impact of these fires is long term, and many communities affected by the fires will continue to be impacted for the foreseeable future.  In Northern New Mexico, one of the most unique – and serious – impacts has been the destruction of the acequias.

An acequia is a community-owned watercourse used for irrigation. In New Mexico, there are more than 800 of them and ...

This hard earth can have a very hard time absorbing even moderate rain water, and in hilly areas such as the San Gabriel Foothills, flooding can occur. It might be odd to think of floods as the final steps in a fire, but for the award-winning fire litigation attorneys at Singleton Schreiber, they understand the damage of any wildfire can take months, even up to a year to fully assess.

Recently, the California Department of Insurance extended its one-year moratorium on insurance cancellation or non-renewals to people impacted by the recent chain of California fires. Among the fires included are the McKinney Fire, the Mill Fire, the Fairview Fire, and the Mosquito Fire.

Fire-Safe Communities Rise From Towns Recovering From a Fire

In recent years, we have seen an unprecedented amount of fires raging through California communities. Completely decimated, these towns are left to start from scratch with just the rubble of the past beneath their feet.

These fires have not only transformed landscapes, but they have transformed people as well. As these communities begin to rebuild, they have been doing so with the future in mind. Towns across California have been finding the silver lining in this devastation by rebuilding more sustainable, fire safe ...

INSURANCE NOTICE: "Your property does not meet our wildfire eligibility guidelines... We will not renew this policy when it expires." 

Have you received a notice like the one above? Insurance companies are increasingly dropping policies of California customers with notices of non-renewal like these. However, your non-renewal notice may be a mistake. And depending on the circumstances, your policy may still be protected by California law. 

California Senate Bill 824 prevents insurers from canceling or not renewing a policy during the year after a state of emergency declaration ...

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (“CAL FIRE”) has determined that power lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (“PG&E”) caused the 2021 Dixie Fire. CAL FIRE’s investigation found that the Dixie Fire started when a tree made contact with one of PG&E’s electrical distribution lines on July 13, 2021. CAL FIRE sent its investigative report to the Butte County District Attorney’s office to determine whether criminal charges against PG&E are warranted.

Numerous suits filed by several hundred plaintiffs have been coordinated ...

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