Ventura County To Sue Edison For Thomas Fire Costs, Losses

Wednesday May 16, 2018

     The Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting in closed session Tuesday voted to sue Southern California Edison over unspecified costs and damages growing out of the massive December 2017 Thomas Fire.

   They also voted to hire the outside law firm of Baron and Budd to represent them in the litigation.

   And it's likely that several other public agencies, including Santa Barbara County, will join them in the suit.

   A significant number of lawsuits have already been filed against Edison by private individuals, property and business owners over the Thomas Fire.

   While Cal Fire has still not officially listed the cause of the almost 282,000-acre fire that started on the night of December 4th at two locations east and west of Thomas Aquinas College between Santa Paula and the Upper Ojai, they have put Edison on notice that they believe the fire started with Edison equipment at those two locations.

    The fire destroyed a thousand structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties with the hardest hit area the city of Ventura where several hundred homes, two massive apartment buildings, and other structures were lost to the flames.

   The fire also caused two deaths, one civilian and one firefighter in Ventura County.

   Edison is also being blamed for the disastrous Montecito mudflow during a January 9th storm that claimed more than 20 lives and destroyed hundreds of structures.