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Experts are calling it the deadliest firestorm in California’s history. For the last month, 18 wildfires have ravaged more than 200,000 acres in California’s North Bay region. The City of Sonoma has been one of the hardest hit in the Wine Country fires, which have so far claimed the lives of 43 people. If you’re one of the many people with injuries and/or property damage because of the fires in Sonoma, retain an attorney. The Wine Country Wildfire Consortium is a top legal resource for fire victims.
Facts About the Sonoma Wildfires
Firefighters have reached 99 percent containment of the fires that have torn through Sonoma and Sonoma County. Find more information about the Sonoma fires on the city website, including many helpful links for those with damaged properties or with basic needs. Here are a few facts about the Sonoma fires so far:
- The three main fires in Sonoma County have been the Nuns Fire (currently at 99% containment), the Pocket Fire (99% contained), and the Tubbs Fire (99% contained). These three fires combined have blazed through 110,366 acres since October 8th.
- The death toll in Sonoma County was 23 people as of Saturday, October 21. There are still around 25 people missing in Sonoma County out of a total of 150 missing-person reports filed in the County Sheriff’s Office.
- Mandatory evacuations occurred throughout the County. On October 21st, officials lifted the ban for residents of the Eastern region of Sonoma Valley, as well as allowed limited visits to damaged areas of Kenwood, Bennett Valley, and Glen Ellen by residents. On Oct. 20th, the County reopened Highway 12 for the first time in two weeks.
- The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, a 250-room hotel, is on the list of damaged and destroyed buildings, as is Bee-Well Farms, the Gundlach Bundschu Winery (sustained some damage), Nicholson Ranch Winery (sustained some damage), Stornetta Dairy Farm, and Paradise Ridge (winery destroyed).
Becoming the victim of a wildfire is probably something you never expected. Now that the worst has happened, you might not know where to turn. One of the best places to start is with the Wine Country Wildfire Consortium. The lawyers of the Consortium are available to help you file insurance claims, negotiate insurance settlements, and look into the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit against an individual or entity in connection with the fires.
Why Retain an Attorney After a Wildfire Loss?
A wildfire can destroy homes, but its repercussions extend far beyond just property damage. You may have to miss work while you sort through the damage, or your place of employment may be temporarily closed because of the fires. You might have to deal with many bills even during evacuation, on top of missing your regular wages. You may not understand the insurance claim process or have trouble securing a fair settlement. On top of everything, you or a loved one may have suffered a serious personal injury. Whatever your circumstances, a lawyer can be an invaluable resource. Contact the Wine Country Wildfire Consortium for a free initial consultation.