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Drought and Wildfires Threaten Properties in Palm Beach

The drought is here…again. After a couple of years with reasonably abundant rainy seasons it seems like this year is going to be one of the driest South Florida has experienced in the last 80 years, at least according to the South Florida Water Management District.

Palm Beach County has already experienced 29 brush fires since December, as compared to only four during the same period last year. According to the forestry district, the number of brush fires in its Everglades District (which includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties), is more than twice the number for the same period last year.

Lightning Not To Blame This Time

According to authorities, human activity (unattended camp fires, carelessly disposing of cigarets, etc.) is their main concern, not the traditional suspect: lightning…The drought creates the ideal scenario for brush or wildfires to start: considerable accumulation of very dry “underbrush” and dropping water table, which makes it very difficult for firefighters to find sources of water to use when combating the blaze. Therefore, authorities are asking the population to be extra careful with potential sources of fires when enjoying the outdoors.

Anyone Starting Wildfires is Responsible for Damages

According to a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue arson investigator, 17 people have been arrested between the months of October and February for starting brush fires. Florida Law subjects any person found guilty of starting a wildfire to criminal charges. Moreover, under the law, that person is also responsible for the damage the fire causes to property and the resources spent putting it out. Also, it is important to know that homeowner’s insurance may cover that property damage/loss as well.

We’re Here To Help With Your Insurance Claim

If you or a loved one have sustained a loss of property as a result of a brush or wildfire and you want to file a homeowner’s insurance claim, or if your claim is being investigated and your carrier wants you to give a statement under oath, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. With more than 60 years of combined experience in dealing with serious injury and property claims, the Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano stand ready to help you deal with the aftermath. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation. We will handle your insurance claim and make sure you get compensated equitably.

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