As Wildfire Survivors Await Settlement, Fire Victim Trust Spends $51 Million

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Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while looking over the remains of their burned residence after the Camp fire tore through the region in Paradise, California on November 12, 2018.  (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fire Victim Trust in charge of compensating Camp fire survivors spent $51 million in overhead expenses in 2020. The Trust disbursed just $7 million to fire victims in that same period of time, amounting to less than 0.1% of the $13.5 billion promised. That's according to a KQED analysis of federal bankruptcy court filings, court transcripts and correspondence between staff of the Fire Victim Trust and the victims themselves. We'll hear about the investigation and get an update on why so many fire survivors have yet to receive their settlement.  


Scott McNutt, insolvency consultant and former Governor of the California State Bar.

Sasha Poe, lost her home in the 2018 Camp Fire.

Assemblymember James Gallagher, (R) 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature