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Hermits Peak Fire Lawsuit

A prescribed fire by the Forest Service turned into a wildfire that consumed vast stretches of land and threatened lives and property.
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Hermits Peak Fire Ravages New Mexico

What Happened?

A controlled burn by the U.S. Forest Service quickly turned into an out of control wildfire that became the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

Who Are We After?

In its own investigation, the U.S. Forest Service determined the conditions during the “controlled burn” were much worse than first thought. 

Why Do We Fight?

The fire destroyed at least 903 structures, including several hundred homes, and damaged 85 more. It possibly could have been avoided with better oversight.

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If you had losses in the Hermits Peak fire, let us help you with the process of financial recovery.

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Watts Law Firm Wildfire Case Wins

We have a proven track record of success and securing maximum compensation. 

$ 3.5 B+

Settlement for California Wildfire Victims *

“*settlement amount is reflective of the total amount Watts’s clients were awarded in determinations by the Fire Victim Trust.

$ 19 M+

Settlement for Archie Creek Wildfire Victims

$ 144 M+

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Hermits Peak Fire FAQs

You don’t pay us any fees up front. You will never pay us anything unless we win a recovery on your behalf.
On September 30, 2022 the Hermits Peak Fire Assistance Act became law and was funded with $3.95 Billion for people and businesses with injury caused by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires.
In the event of potential erosion threats to your property following a wildfire, our in-house arborist will assess the risks and potential control measures. Any costs related to erosion mitigation due to fire damage will be considered in our loss report. Our specialist will integrate these costs into your arbor/landscape evaluation.
Having stood-by over 18,000 wildfire survivors, we've seen a myriad of losses they've faced – from homes, properties, and businesses, to personal items and emotional well-being. If you've faced an unconventional loss, reach out, and we'll guide you.
No, our wildfire litigation for Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires is not a class action lawsuit, where one or a few individuals represent a larger group with common issues. However, when it comes to extensive fire damages, a class action doesn't fit. Each victim's damages are distinct. Instead of a class action,our litigation is termed as mass actions or mass tort claims. Should you choose our firm to represent your case, we will file a distinct claim on your behalf.

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Julie R. Oliver
Wildfire Victim
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