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Plaintiffs added to wildfires lawsuit against Oregon utilities

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A burned-out fire truck sits on state Highway 22 near Detroit.

PORTLAND (AP) — Additional plaintiffs in Oregon have joined a $600 million lawsuit against power utilities, alleging that the companies let electrical equipment spark wildfires that ravaged the state in September.

Three of the region’s law firms that are behind the class-action lawsuit announced an amended complaint on Monday that includes more people who said they were impacted by the wildfires.

The law firms say PacifiCorp and Pacific Power were negligent in properly maintaining their electrical infrastructure, which caused deadly wildfires after a windstorm on Labor Day weekend.

The revised lawsuit includes more details from specific plaintiffs about the hardships the wildfires caused them. Some plaintiffs also claim in the amended lawsuit that they saw electrical equipment start fires, KATU-TV reported.

PacifiCorp and Pacific Power told KATU that they don’t comment on pending litigation.

Crime And Courts / News / Oregon-Northwest

The Associated Press

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  1. These wildfires polluted our regional air to toxic conditions…. where’s the lawsuit for all Central Oregonians who suffered both immediate and probable long term health issues ?

  2. Am I taking crazy pills? These idiots claiming blackouts are coming, ending up just like California. PUT. THE. POWER. LINES. UNDERGROUND.

    America is so Great but we can’t even figure out how to put power lines underground to stop them from being knocked over by trees and wind? This is the most preventable crap ever. Put the power lines underground. Yes it takes time and money, but it’s literally the best thing to do.

  3. Lets not forget that everyone has pushed the power companies to dump fortunes into “going green” with solar and wind. This takes tons of money and time. So which is it? Rebuild our entire state with underground power lines, or go green. A complete rebuild would only take about 15 to 20 years. Lets also remember that the fires ripped through forest that was mismanaged for decades. This was going to happen one way or another. Spark from a powerline, cigarette thrown out a car window, trailer chain dragging on the highway, motor vehicle crash into the grass, etc.

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