Wildfire Liability – How a Mistake Can Turn into a Bankruptcy

Wildfire Liability – How a Mistake Can Turn into a Bankruptcy
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Wildfires are often seen as a force of nature, but many actually begin with human actions. According to the National Interagency Coordination Center, wildfires burned more than 10 million acres in 2017. In 2018, the Camp Fire became the deadliest fire in the California’s history, devastating the town of Paradise and killing at least 85 people.

If you ignite a wildfire, you could be the cause of extreme suffering. You could also be legally and financially liable.

The Causes of Wildfires

Some wildfires are caused by natural events, such as lightning. Others, however, are caused by people. In fact, most of them are. According to an analysis conducted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, 84 percent of all wildfires are caused by humans.
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