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The Monument Fire in Trinity County, CA is currently the third-largest active wildfire in the state. It has already destroyed 50 structures and is quickly approaching 190,000 acres burned. If you have been impacted by the Monument Fire, the Monument Fire lawsuit attorneys at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP can help you understand your rights and legal options. We represent clients in California wildfire lawsuits, including lawsuits against PG&E, SCE, and other utility companies. Call (805) 210-8528 for a free consultation.
Most Recent Updates on the Monument Fire
The Monument Fire began in Trinity County, CA on July 30, 2021, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Its precise location was Del Loma, near Monument Peak. Hazardous fire conditions such as high temperatures, low humidity and high winds contributed to the Monument Fire spreading most recently toward Drinkwater Gulch and the North Fork Trinity River.
- It has been active for 39 days.
- It is currently 41 percent contained.
- More than 2,000 firefighters are working to contain it.
- It is expected to be fully contained by November 1, 2021.
- It has remained limited to one county: Trinity County.
- The communities of Big Flat, Big Bar, Del Loma and Cedar Flat were evacuated.
- It has burned approximately 189,366 acres.
- It has threatened 10,580 structures.
- It has destroyed 50 structures – both residential and commercial – and damaged 3 structures.
- Eight firefighters and no civilians have been injured.
- There have been no deaths associated with the Monument Fire.
The Monument Fire was originally reported burning west of Big Bar in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest around 6:00 p.m. It was first known as the Panther Fire. The name changed to the Monument Fire on August 1. It burned along the fire scar of the Cedar Fire from 2008 and created multiple spot fires in the surrounding region that continue to blaze. Keep up with the latest Monument Fire status update reports from CAL FIRE here. If you have sustained injuries or lost property to the Monument Fire, speak with a California wildfire lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights.
Investigation Still Underway
The cause of the Monument Fire remains unconfirmed, with an investigation still underway. Preliminary reports have stated that the fire was initially started by a lightning strike. However, the official cause has yet to be confirmed. The powerlines and power poles in the fire zone are owned and controlled by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), a utility company with a long history of causing wildfires. PG&E was behind the deadliest fire in California’s history, the Camp Fire, which was caused by an electrical transmission line that was over 100 years old.
If an investigation shows that PG&E or another entity played a role in starting the Monument Fire, that party may be financially responsible (liable) for victims’ related property losses, injuries, medical bills and more. Our Monument Fire lawyers can go up against any defendant in pursuit of fair and full financial compensation for wildfire victims. We have experience with negligence-based wildfire lawsuits, strict liability lawsuits, insurance claims, government-sponsored compensation programs, PG&E’s Fire Victim Trust, inverse condemnation claims and other options for financial compensation for California wildfire victims.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Monument Fire Lawyer
A wildfire can cause millions of dollars in property damage and business losses, as well as significant physical injuries, scarring and disfigurement, and psychological trauma. If you have been impacted by the Monument Fire, please contact us for a free wildfire lawsuit consultation. A Monument Fire attorney from Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP will carefully review the facts of your case, answer your legal questions and provide counsel on what you should do next. We can help you and your family during this difficult time. Call or contact us online today to request a free Monument Fire case review.