California Wildfire Survivors Will Start Getting Emergency PG&E Payments this Month

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Flames overtake a structure as nearby homes burn in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Wildfire survivors eligible for compensation from PG&E for the 2017 wine country fires and the 2018 Camp Fire will begin getting emergency payments of up to $25,000 by November 23rd.  That’s according to an announcement earlier this month by the PG&E Fire Victim Trust.  The coronavirus pandemic has compounded the financial devastation for families suffering injury or property loss from the fires.  We’ll get the latest on the long-running efforts of fire victims to receive compensation.

Fire Victim Trust Website


Lily Jamali, co-host and correspondent, KQED's The California Report

Cathy Yanni, claims administrator, Fire Victim Trust - PG&E Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Proceeding