Fire Victim Trust

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The Fire Victim Trust is currently evaluating, administering, processing, and resolving eligible claims, and we are issuing Determination Notices daily. We created the charts below and update them bi-weekly to keep you informed about the Trust’s progress. If you have additional questions, please review our FAQs and Information menus at the top of the page. Click the Contact & Help menu if you need further assistance.

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A Letter from the Trustee of the Fire Victim Trust


On July 1, 2022, I assumed the position of Trustee of the Fire Victim Trust that was established to compensate victims of the Butte, North Bay and Camp Fires that occurred between 2015-2018. After two years serving as the Administrator of the Trust, I am honored to take the role that was previously held by Justice John Trotter.
  I oversaw painstaking efforts to establish essential infrastructure to administer, process and resolve claims for those who suffered losses from the fires. This foundational work has enabled the Trust to process 73% of claims to 47,000 people and distribute $4.3 billion in payments in two years. But much more remains to be done.

The Trust was established in 2020 to process claims and compensate fire victims for both economic and non-economic damages efficiently and equitably. My top priority is to continue that mission to get money to people as quickly and fairly as possible.
Another priority will be community engagement. I want the Trust to operate with even greater transparency and engage more directly with claimants, counsel, public officials and other stakeholders to build broader understanding of our work to help victims. I intend to meet with the residents of affected communities and their leaders and be more assertive keeping everyone updated on our progress.
I am honored to be appointed as Trustee of the Fire Victims Trust and my team, and I look forward to fulfilling its important mission.

Sincerely,

Alternate Text

Cathy Yanni


Program Statistics

(As of 9/15/22)

Number of Claims Questionnaires (CQs)
39,047
Claimants Associated with CQs
69,665
Number of Distinct Claims by Claimants in CQs
243,991
Determination Notices Issued
38,246
Claimants with Determination Notices Issued
53,636
Deficiency Notices Issued
29,029
Total Amount of Preliminary and Pro Rata Payments Paid to Claimants
$4.91 billion
Total Number of Claimants who Received a Payment
48,839
Total Amount Awarded in Determination Notices
$12.30 billion
Payments by Month (Last Six Months)
Submitted Claims Questionnaires - 35,805
Total Payments Issued

Timeline


9/9/2015

Butte Fire

10/9/2017

North Bay Wildfires (includes 22 major fires)

11/8/2018

Camp Fire

1/29/2019

PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection

6/10/2019

Cathy Yanni appointed Administrator of Wildfire Assistance Program

12/1/2019

PG&E and Tort Claimants Committee reached $13.5 billion settlement

4/14/2020

Hon. John K. Trotter (ret.) and Cathy Yanni appointed Trustee and Claims Administrator of the Fire Victim Trust (FVT)

6/20/2020

Bankruptcy Court confirmed PG&E’s Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization

7/1/2020

FVT established and funded with $5.4 billion cash and PG&E stock

7/1/2020

FVT began accepting claims information on FVT Portal

8/17/2020

Claims Questionnaire available

11/23/2020

FVT began issuing Preliminary Payments to Fire Victims

12/31/2020

Original Claims Questionnaire filing deadline (later extended to 2/26/21)

1/15/2021

$758 million cash payment received from PG&E

2/26/2021

Claims Questionnaire filing deadline (extended from 12/31/20)

3/15/2021

FVT began issuing Pro Rata Payments to Fire Victims

6/25/2021

$1B Awarded in Determination Notices

8/13/2021

$2B Awarded in Determination Notices

9/22/2021

$3B Awarded in Determination Notices

10/29/2021

$4B Awarded in Determination Notices

12/9/2021

$5B Awarded in Determination Notices

1/17/2022

$592 million cash payment received from PG&E

1/28/2022

$6B Awarded in Determination Notices

3/3/2022

$7B Awarded in Determination Notices

4/11/2022

$8B Awarded in Determination Notices

5/16/2022

$9B Awarded in Determination Notices

6/23/2022

$10B Awarded in Determination Notices

7/1/2022

Cathy Yanni becomes Trustee of the Fire Victim Trust

7/29/2022

$11B Awarded in Determination Notices

9/7/2022

$12B Awarded in Determination Notices

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