Clover Fire victims get free legal help to battle fire fees

Cloverdale Road

ANDERSON, Calif. - Victims of the Clover Fire can get some free legal help at a meeting Friday night. Redding attorney Walt McNeill is fighting for people who lost their homes, and still have to pay the $150 dollar annual rural fire fee.

The Clover Fire destroyed 68 homes in the Happy Valley and Igo areas in September. But those homeowners are still being required to pay their annual fee. That money is supposed to go straight to CAL FIRE to pay for fire protection. McNeill is offering his legal services for free, to fight the fees. He's hosting a public meeting Friday night for owners of homes destroyed by the Clover Fire. It will be at the Clear Creek Community Services District Board Room, at 5580 Oak Street in Anderson at 7 p.m. McNeill will answer questions and help explain fire victims' rights. Many victims lost their vehicles in the fire. If you need a ride to Friday's meeting call 262-4012 or 357-2409