The Sulphur Fire (Mendocino-Lake Complex) is one of the 18 fires in the intense firestorm that burned 2,207 acres and overtook much of northern California’s Wine Country starting on October 8th. The Sulphur Fire affected those in Lake County and began off Highway 20 and Sulphur Bank Road in Clearlake Oaks at 11:59 p.m. If you need legal help after damages in the Sulphur Fire, contact an attorney at the North Bay Fires Consortium.
About the Recent Firestorm
In the days leading up to the catastrophic firestorm in Wine Country, the National Weather Service warned residents that conditions were prime for wildfires. Dry land, high winds, and low humidity levels all increased the risk of fires breaking out. The night of October 8th, the first fires sparked. Officials still do not know the cause of the fires, but there is an investigation underway that focuses on PG&E, the California utility company. It’s possible that the company’s negligence in maintaining its power lines and electrical infrastructure in Napa and Sonoma counties contributed to the wildfires.
All together, the 2017 October wildfires in California burned more than 200,000 acres, killed at least 43 people and firefighters estimate at least 8,400 structures destroyed by the fires, making these firestorms the deadliest in California’s history.
Across the Mendocino-Lake Complex, fires destroyed 447 homes – 136 of these in the Sulphur Fire. Fires in Mendocino Lake were vegetation fires that struck the communities of Potter Valley, Redwood Valley, and Willits. There were 1,493 firefighters on the scene with 63 engines and 47 hand crews. The fires in this region killed eight people. The air in Lake County became polluted with smoke from fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
Seek Legal Help in the Aftermath of the Sulphur Fire
Wildfires are some of the most devastating natural disasters. Fire can consume entire structures, destroying everything inside. For those who could not evacuate fast enough, the Wine Country fires were fatal. Others suffered burn and smoke inhalation injuries. In the aftermath of the Sulphur Fire, there are legal professionals who can help you get back on your feet. The fires directly impacted many attorneys and staff of the North Bay Fires Consortium. They have committed themselves to holding the responsible party or parties accountable.
Talking to an attorney can give you a clear picture of your current situation and opportunities for recovery. An attorney can walk you through the insurance claims process and handle settlement negotiations with your home, auto, or business insurer. A lawyer can also keep you updated on the investigation into what caused the fire and help you understand your potential rights for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. You may be eligible for significant recovery for your fire-related damages if someone else’s negligence caused the Sulphur Fire. Schedule a free consultation, and an attorney will meet with you at whatever location is most convenient for you.