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Insurance Department Tally on California Wildfires $1B

Damage from two destructive Northern California wildfires that killed six and sent thousands fleeing their homes topped $1 billion in insured losses, according to a preliminary estimate by the state’s insurance department. The two fires started days apart in September, …

California Commissioner Orders Changes to FAIR Plan

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued an order directing the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan to make several changes in the wake of last year’s severe fire season. The order includes enhanced coverage options, it eliminates the requirement …

California Fire Safety Rule Citations Lag During Severe Drought

Amid the most destructive wildfire season in more than a decade, California’s firefighting agency amped up its warnings to thousands of property owners who weren’t doing enough to protect their homes by clearing brush and other flammable materials. But it …

California Wildfire Contained, Now Comes Worries About Landslides

As firefighters mopped up the remains of a wildfire on the Southern California coast, authorities turned their focus to a new concern: a landslide if rain pounds the charred hills. In a heavy rain, the denuded soil could threaten nearby …

At Least $243M for Cleanup From 2 Massive California Fires

Cleaning up from two destructive Northern California wildfires this fall will cost at least $243 million, far exceeding the cost for other recent blazes, state officials estimated as they transferred more money from the state’s rainy day fund to help …

Fire-Damaged Oregon Forests Vulnerable to Landslides: Scientists

Scientists say the fire-damaged forests are more susceptible to landslides, and another week of rain and snow could heighten that risk for eastern Oregon. The East Oregonian reported that wildfires have stripped away water-soaking vegetation in areas like Canyon Creek, …

Wildfires, and Now El Niño May Boost Californian’s Appetites for Surplus Lines

There’s little question that the drought and the recent wildfire season that it unleashed pushed more California homeowners into the surplus lines market. Now with the onset of what appears to be a strong El Niño this week in the …

Guy Carpenter Says Wildfire Losses May Exceed $1.75B

A briefing from Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC on Monday shows more than 9 million acres were burned by wildfires so far this year, most of that occurring in the Western U.S, and that insured losses from wildfires could approach …

Gains Made on Wyoming Wildfire That’s Destroyed Dozen-plus Structures

Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser blames unseasonably dry weather with temperatures in the 70s and 80s for a destructive wildfire just outside Casper, which is practically unheard of at this time of year in the Cowboy State. Rainy weather helped the Rocky Mountain …

California Wildfire Claims Top $1B as Peak Season Begins: Report

A report forecasts claims from two California wildfires last month will exceed $1 billion. Wildfires in 2015 have caused more damage and financial loss in the U.S. than in any other year since 2007, according to the report. Peak U.S. …