Ellis Law News: Azusa Fire 70% Contained

September 25, 2013

Ellis Law Corporation


Firefighters on Tuesday continued to battle a fire that had burned 250 acres  and threatened homes north of Azusa, authorities said.

Crews made good progress on the Madre Fire Tuesday, authorities said. (credit: Angeles National Forest)

The so-called Madre Fire was 70 percent contained by Tuesday afternoon, according to a tweet from the U.S. Forest Service. The fire started about 6 p.m. Monday in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa.

Two firefighters received minor injuries, according to a tweet from the department.

The blaze briefly threatened 25 homes in the Mountain Cove neighborhood where evacuations were in effect, county fire officials said. Three of the homes in the community were under mandatory evacuation orders, while the rest were under a voluntary order, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore.

Mountain Cove residents said they had packed valuables and were prepared to leave if necessary.

“It was kind of harrowing last night,” said Mountain Cove resident Andrea Cunningham. “I saw the whole hill ablaze.”

About 200 firefighters were working the blaze, along with 13 helicopters, Moore said just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

“The firefighters have done a really amazing job,” Cunninham said.

Firefighters were working in conditions where winds were about 12 mph with gusts of up to 20 mph, Moore said. The blaze had been moving away from homes, fire officials had said earlier Tuesday, but the wind could change the fire’s direction later in the day, Moore said.

A smoke advisory was issued for the region by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which said air quality could be unhealthy in portions of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains, and the eastern and parts of the western San Gabriel Valley.

Smoke continued to rise from the Madre Fire in the Angeles National Forest Tuesday morning.

Eighteen schools were ordered to keep children inside Tuesday, according to the Azusa Unified School District. And the Glendora High School football team practiced indoors on Tuesday afternoon.

State Route 39, also knowns as San Gabriel Canyon Road, was open to residents only above Sierra Madre Avenue, according to the Forest Service.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, the Forest Service said. Full containment was expected by Friday

Fire Related Property Damages

California property owners are no strangers to the risk of fire damaging their property. When wildfires occur, a land owner’s property may be burned or suffer smoke damage along with neighboring properties. Individual properties may also be at risk of fire damage due to faulty electrical wiring, lightning, arson, or other sources. No matter how a fire started or how extensive the damage, the Los Angeles property damage attorneys at Ellis Law are prepared to assist a property owner as soon as possible after the damage occurs.

Professional Legal Ability

A fire that damages property can result from one of any number of sources. If a fire takes place, it’s important to find qualified professionals who can examine the property and the damage and determine both the cause of the fire and what repairs may be required. Property owners may need to move quickly to address any problems on the property or add additional protection from fires before more losses accrue. Insurance companies may be slow to respond to fire-damage-related claims, particularly if a wildfire has damaged many properties in the area, or may rush through examination of the damaged property without truly examining the extent or causes of the damage.

In California, a property owner who experiences fire damage is expected to mitigate the loss caused by the damage. Mitigating damages may mean taking steps to prevent additional damage or taking steps to stop already-present damage from becoming worse. At Ellis Law, our knowledgeable California property evaluation attorneys can help property owners organize and complete the many tasks involved after a fire occurs. We can help property owners:

  • find qualified experts to assess the damage and the cause;
  • arrange for top-quality appraisers to consider the full amount of damage involved, and;
  • coordinate repairs or other mitigation measures.

Our attorneys are also dedicated to helping property owners understand their legal rights after a fire, keep the property owner informed of any potential legal issues, and protect the property owner from costly, time-consuming, or pointless litigation while also helping the property owner recover any compensation to which he or she is entitled.

Substantial Jury Trial Experience

Ellis Law has the standards of integrity to help a California property owner before, during, and after litigation. Our attorneys will help a property owner uncover the causes of property damage and analyze the situation by assembling a team of qualified appraisers and experts. We will also prepare the property owner to establish or defend both liability and damages in a property damage case.

As an AV Rated law firm recognized for its achievement of professional excellence, Peterson Law Group attorneys put years of courtroom experience behind every case. Our real jury trial experience benefits clients ranging from large corporations to individual property owners. We assemble the high-quality teams of experts and consultants required to prove both liability and damages in property damage cases.

Ellis Law offers practical experience with property damage cases and courtroom results. While we believe all property owners who suffer fire-related damages should receive the benefits of experienced counsel, we are admittedly selective when choosing the cases we will represent. We believe these carefully considered choices enable us to provide our clients with the best personal assistance during the difficult period after a fire loss while allowing us to strive for the results our clients deserve.

Our experienced California fire property damage litigation attorneys welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and help you assess the merits of your case.