Spreading like Wildfire…
As of June 30, 2011, there were 34 “Large Incident” wildfires burning across 9 states throughout the U.S. (Large Incident defined by the National Interagency Fire Center: A wildfire of 100 acres or more occurring in timber or a wildfire of 300 acres or more occurring in grass/sage). Nearly half of these 34 “Large Incident” wildfires are burning in Arizona and New Mexico. 2011 is shaping up to be a wildfire season of unprecedented proportion. Drought-stricken Texas is experiencing its worst wildfire season—nearly 5,100 square miles have been charred, and experts are predicting even more large wildfires unless they receive much-needed precipitation.
Insurance and litigation professionals rely on wildfire investigators in their efforts to defend insured’s and for subrogation purposes. Even in the case of a small wildfire causing little or even no property damage, the exposure can easily exceed a million dollars for issues such as suppression costs or for damage to ranch land. Government agencies have been proactive in trying to recoup suppression costs and are quick to look for liability coverage. Pie Forensic Consultants’ wildfire investigators have assisted on claims and subrogation involving private land owners, utility companies, railroads, oil & gas companies, mitigation contractors, government agencies, individuals, and others. Check out our microsite at www.wildfireinvestigator.com for more information.
Pie’s Wildfire Investigation Service & Experience
- Over 27 years combating & investigating hundreds of wildfires across the United States
- Deposition and trial experience
- Division Supervisor & Incident Commander-Federal System (invaluable experience to understanding wildfire behavior)
- Extensive teaching experience (thousands of hours instructing firefighting and investigating agencies staff members in addition to insurance and litigation professionals and others)
- Firsthand experience combating wildland fires, leading to an enhanced understanding of their patterns and intricacies
- Montana wildfires burn most acreage since 1910; $113M spent to battle blazes (billingsgazette.com)
- Crews Contain Destructive Wetmore Fire (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Heat, wind in Sacramento area prompt warning of heightened wildfire danger (sacbee.com)
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