California Fire Victims Accuse Utility of Removing Evidence

Residents seek temporary restraining order in Thomas Fire

 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Residents in areas burned by California’s largest-ever wildfire are accusing a utility of removing power poles that could be vital to determining the cause of the deadly blaze.

Lawyers representing the residents are seeking a temporary restraining order that would bar Southern California Edison from removing poles and other equipment from foothill areas where the Thomas fire is believed to have started in December.

The Los Angeles Times says Thursday that the equipment may be key in determining financial liability for the damage from the fire and subsequent mudslides.

See also  Hiring: Forestry Technician (Wildland Fire Operations Specialist) NPS, Saguaro National Park

Edison’s attorneys argue that the poles are being photographed and stored in a secure facility.

The judge gave both sides until Tuesday to file additional arguments.

More than $1.8 billion in insurance claims have been filed as a result of the Thomas fire.

All contents © copyright 2018 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Topics

Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter

Stay in the loop with our wildland newsletter.

Residents seek temporary restraining order in Thomas Fire   SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Residents in areas burned by California’s largest-ever wildfire are accusing a utility of removing power poles that could be vital to determining the cause of the deadly blaze. Lawyers representing the residents are seeking a temporary restraining order that would bar […]

Get The Wildland Firefighter Newsletter

Related Articles

Pilot Killed in Plane Crash While Fighting MT Wildfire

Pilot Killed in Plane Crash While Fighting MT Wildfire

Elizabeth Walsh - The Idaho Statesman This is a breaking news story. Check back to idahostatesman.com for updates. A 45-year-old female pilot who was employed by an Idaho-based company died Wednesday in a plane crash while responding to a fire in Montana, according to...

Habituation to Risk

Habituation to Risk

Here we are during the time of year where we remember our lost friends and coworkers. Those we know or knew and those we’ve just read about. We’ve all learned of their tragic tale in a training session or maybe you’ve read about it in a book or online. Many of you are...