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Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:00pm

Town Hall Meeting Holding Pacific Power Accountable for the Archie Creek Fire
Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:00pm
Glide High School Gym
18990 N Umpqua Hwy, Glide, OR 97443

Full statement from Dole Coalwell:

Archie Creek – This fire, beginning on September 8, 2020, has burned 131,542 acres of Douglas County, near Roseburg, Oregon, destroying over one hundred residences and tens of thousands of acres of public and private forest lands. PacificCorp, a Berkshire-Hathaway-owned entity owning the Pacific Power utility, likely bears ultimate financial responsibility for this fire. https://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/2020/10/pacificorp-could-face-substantial-liability-if-downed-power-lines-caused-oregon-wildfires.html. We have interviewed multiple eye witnesses on video, who recount seeing a tree having fallen into a Pacific Power electrical line, but with no fire starting from it. Our belief is that the power shut off at about 3:30 a.m. in the Susan Creek area because of trees and limbs blowing onto the lines and shorting out the lines. Not uncommon in this forested area. Our belief is that Pacific Power negligently re-energized the electrical lines without removing trees and limbs, which caused the fire in the Susan Creek drainage.

The Roseburg law firm of Dole Coalwell has represented the legal needs of Douglas County for nearly 110 years. In all those years, the firm has never witnessed more devastation to Douglas County’s citizens, timber industry, and the North Umpqua River region than the damages caused by the Archie Creek Fire. Based on investigation undertaken by the firms, there is reason to believe this fire was caused by the negligent acts of Pacific Power, and the firms intend to hold that company accountable.

Due to the complexity of this case, the massive scope of the claims, and the extensive legal resources of Pacific Power, Dole Coalwell reached out to the most experienced and reputable law firms in the United States that handle wildfire cases. Attorneys Mikal Watts, of Watts Guerra in San Antonio, TX, and Robert Julian, of BakerHostetler in San Francisco, CA, agree with Dole Coalwell’s analysis and intend to file suit against Pacific Power on behalf of those residents and businesses that suffered losses not covered by insurance. Together, these firms have successfully represented the interests of more than 70,000 victims who suffered losses from the fires caused by California’s Pacific, Gas & Electric.

This is not a class action lawsuit. This is a mass action. That means each plaintiff’s case is separate, and each plaintiff will ultimately decide the outcome of their case.
The Roseburg law firm of Dole Coalwell is hosting a town hall meeting at the Glide High School Gym on Thursday, October 22, at 6:00pm to answer questions local residents have about their rights and holding Pacific Power accountable for the disastrous results of the Archie Creek Fire. Attorneys Mikal Watts and Robert Julian will spearhead the meeting.

Note that attendees will need to wear a mask and comply with Covid rules enacted by the Glide School District.

Town Hall Meeting
Holding Pacific Power Accountable for the Archie Creek Fire
Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:00pm
Glide High School Gym
18990 N Umpqua Hwy, Glide, OR 97443

Archie Creek Fire Case Evaluation (archiecreek.com)

Local law firm, wildfire legal experts to sue Pacific Power due to Archie Creek Fire | | nrtoday.com

LOCAL ATTORNEY TEAMS UP WITH WELL KNOWN LAWYERS TO SUE PACIFIC POWER – KQEN News Radio (kqennewsradio.com)

Replacing Public Benefits Lost Due to Wildfires

Hey here is a helpful tip that might benefit some of you.

  • People who get SNAP but lost food they had already purchased due to fire/spoilage because of the fires or evacuation can get replacement benefits.
  • People who lost their Oregon Trail Card (the electronic benefit card for TANF and SNAP benefits) in the fire/evacuation.
  •  Individuals on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) who lost prescriptions and/or durable medical equipment (oxygen tanks, CPAP machines, walkers, diabetic supplies, prosthetics, etc.) can get replacements from OHP. 

Go to https://oregonlawhelp.org/resource/replacing-public-benefits-lost-due-to-wildfires For more info.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) available – 10/23/20 deadline

Dear Oregonian, 

If your employment was directly affected by the recent wildfires and straight-line winds, you may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). 

DUA is a federal program that provides financial benefits to people whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as the direct result of a major disaster. In response to the recent wildfires, the Oregon Employment Department has received approval to administer DUA on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

DUA is currently available for these approved areas, although additional counties may be added to the list: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.

If you live or work in one of these counties, you might qualify for DUA if you: 

  • lost your job as a direct result of this major disaster,
  • were self-employed and prevented from doing your job because of this major disaster,
  • were unable to reach your job because of this major disaster,
  • were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
  • were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
  • became head of household due a death caused by the disaster.

NOTE: You are not eligible for DUA benefits if you already receive regular unemployment insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

DUA is available beginning the week of September 13, 2020, and benefits will be available until March 20, 2021, as long as your unemployment continues to be a direct result of the wildfires. 

HOW TO APPLY

You should file your DUA application as soon as possible: Initial applications must be received on or before October 23, 2020. There are several ways to file your DUA application:

  • MAIL: Send your completed application to ATTN: Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, OR 97311
  • ONLINE: Submit your application materials through the Employment Department’s Unemployment website: unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us 
  • IN-PERSON: You can complete an application packet in-person at the following FEMA/Red Cross locations:
    • State Fairgrounds
    • Clackamas County Fairgrounds
    • Jackson County Fairgrounds
    •  Deschutes County Fairgrounds
    • Douglas County Fairgrounds 

DUA applications, instructions, answers to frequently asked questions, and more can be found on the Oregon Employment Department’s website:
www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster If you have additional questions and would like to speak with someone over the phone, please call 503-570-5000. 

Sincerely,  David Gerstenfeld
Acting Director of the Oregon Employment Department

REALTORS® Relief Foundation Grant – 11/15/20 deadline

OAR has secured $500,000 grant for housing relief through NAR’s REALTORS® Relief Foundation for the Oregon wildfires disaster.

Who should apply?

Any full-time resident and U.S. citizen or legally admitted U.S. resident who has lost their home to the Oregon wildfire disaster and is in need of support for either of the following: 1) Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the Oregon Wildfires Disaster  or; 2) Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the Oregon Wildfires Disaster. Relief assistance is limited to a maximum of $1000 per applicant per household.  Grants will be jointly payable to applicant and mortgage lender or landlord.

Deadline for application submission is November 15, 2020.