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We are expert consultants and expert witnesses helping you recover from wildfire impacts to your property, whether you are the defendant or the plaintiff. We have represented companies and individual land owners for over a decade.


  • Monument Fire
    2021 - CA
    Damages pending
  • Toetly Fire
    2021 - ID
    Settlement pending
  • Telegraph Fire
    2021 - AZ
    Damages pending
  • River Complex
    2021 - CA
    Damages pending
  • Dixie Fire
    2021 - CA
    Damages pending
  • American Fork Fire
    2021 - WY
    5th Amendment

2020 - 2019

  • Bush Fire
    2020 - AZ
    Damages pending
  • Paisley Fire
    2020 - OR
    Damages pending
  • August Complex
    2020 - CA
    Damages Pending
  • Roosevelt Fire
    2019 - WY
    Over $200 million claimed
  • Lolo Peak
    2019 - MT
    Trial in progress
  • Woodbury Fire
    2019 - AZ
    Damages Pending

2018 - 2016

  • Camp & Woolsey Fires
    2018 - CA
  • Chetco Bar
    2017 - OR
    5th Ammendment
  • Alice Creek
    2017 - MT
    Trial in progress
  • NorCal Fires
    2017 - CA
    $250M landscape damages
  • SoCal Fires
    2017 - CA
    $300M landscape damages
  • Little Valley Fire
    2016 - NV
    for the defense

2015 - 2003

  • Butte Fire
    2015 - CA
    $560M landscape damages
  • Oil Creek Fire
    2013 - WY
    $15M savings for client
  • Pautre RX Fire
    2013 - SD
    $15M landscape damages
  • Flat Fire
    2012 - CA
    $8M savings for client
  • Canberra Fire Storm
    2003 - Australian Capital Territory for the defense

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Stop the Burn

Federal wildland fire leaders are meeting in Asheville this week, and the news is not good.

These leaders are letting wildfires burn to “manage” our National Forests and National Parks. They are burning our forests and parks, and thousands of acres of private property, in the middle of intense fire seasons, hoping something good will happen. They say burning “enhances forest ecosystems.” But nothing good results from allowing a super-heated wildfires to burn at the height of fire season.

The new “managed fire” policy (since 2009) is called “using unplanned wildfire in the right place at the right time” to “reintroduce fire to fire-dependent ecosystems.”

Fire drones dropped incendiary bombs last summer so the Forest Service could burn 250,000 acres of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in New Mexico to “restore natural conditions” to our wild areas. Local sheriffs are calling it “reckless burning.” A sheriff arrested a burn boss for “reckless burning” in October.

The reckless burning is an outrage, an affront to common sense and common law. Agency leaders meeting in Asheville were not elected. There is no oversight of their activities. They operate according to their personal desires to burn us all back to some fantasy state of forest health.

People like former Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, an architect of reckless burning, call their meeting the “National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Workshop.” There is nothing National or Cohesive about it. The public is not invited to comment or speak. Those who oppose the burning, including states and local governments, are not speakers. Neither are the people who suffer months of smoke, unclean air, and murky water from years of severe “unplanned wildfire use:” Water and air quality are deteriorating at formerly pristine Lake Tahoe. CBS News’ 60 Minutes scratched the surface of the problem in an exposé of the botched management of the Caldor Fire in 2021. More revelations are coming. Forest Chief Randy Moore says only a tiny percent of “managed fires” escape.  In fact, “managed wildfires” escape with monotonous regularity, killing thousands of people – directly from flames and indirectly from smoke and compromised immune systems – and destroying entire communities each year. Hermit’s Peak Fire, the largest in NM history, was an escaped fire.
It’s an open checkbook and an open secret.

These so-called fire leaders are using money appropriated by Congress for “emergency fire suppression” to pay for their months-long “managed fire” projects. It’s also a misappropriation of taxpayer dollars resulting in a horrific destruction of people and property.  It must stop.

Unplanned wildfires are uncontrolled and unacceptable. Call your Senators and Representatives. Demand accountability. Shut “managed wildfires” down until we can all agree, in an open public process with everyone invited, whether letting wildfires burn is sound forest conservation policy.

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A Wildfire Is Coming...Are You Ready?


Wildland Fire Executive Briefing

Wildfire incidents have claimed lives and destroyed thousands of structures. The expansion of the wildland urban interface (WUI)—areas designated at greater risk for catastrophic wildfires—and more frequent extreme weather conditions have magnified the impact of these incidents. The response and recovery to these increasingly complex events impact budgets, economies, and the communities we serve. Esri appreciates the opportunity to provide information related to our support of global wildland fire efforts.


"A Call to Action: Working Together to Save Our Protected Lands"

Unplanned forest fires are a national emergency. Our forests and protected lands need more maintenance and resources than ever to make up for years of low funding!

Learn more about what you can do to prevent unplanned wildfires by reading ​A Call to Action​, provided by the National Wildfire Institute.


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Frank Carroll
Managing Partner
(605) 440-2039 | [email protected]

During Frank’s 31-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, he served as a hotshot squad boss, assistant fire management officer, strategic planner, public affairs officer, and command staff officer on national fire teams. Frank has partnered with other foresters, arborists, natural resources and wildfire effects professionals at PFMc since 2007.

Van Elsbernd

Van completed a 35-year career with the U.S. Forest Service as a forester, a rangeland management specialist, district ranger, forest resource staff officer, and natural resources staff officer at the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.


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