Sauder Schelkopf is investigating potential litigation on behalf of individuals who were impacted by the Holiday Farm fires. It is alleged that despite a warning of critical fire conditions and high winds power lines may have been energized. It has been reported that many homes and other structures were destroyed in the fires.
As reported by the Oregonian on Sept. 17, 2020:
Officials have yet to identify the cause of the 170,000-acre Holiday Farm fire that ripped down the McKenzie River valley starting Labor Day.
But residents told the Oregonian/OregonLive that the blaze was preceded by a power outage, a loud explosion and a shower of blue sparks from an electric line near milepost 47 on Oregon 126 – the exact location where state officials have pinpointed the start of the fire.
The Register-Guard reported on Oct. 12, 2020:
Lane Electric Cooperative is working with fire investigators while trying to restore power to residents, General Manager Debi Wilson said in a statement.
“We are unaware that any of our assets contributed to the cause of the fire at this time. A thorough investigation will take time and patience, and we want to respect the investigation and the process,” Wilson said in the statement.
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