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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. …

Southern California City Unveils Mapping Tool for Wildfire Hazards

As fire season ramps up, San Diego County, Calif. has unveiled a new online interactive map that allows residents to search out wildfire dangers in specific areas. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported he digital tool launched this week expands on existing …

Dispensaries Make Offer of Free Cannabis to California Fire Victims

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California are offering up to $200 in free cannabis per patient affected by a hugely destructive wildfire. The Los Angeles Times reported the two companies are offering free products at five dispensaries in San Francisco, …

California Insurance Commissioner Says More to Lose Fire Coverage

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says more people may be dropped from fire coverage and that residents of high risk areas may have to shop for more expensive insurance as wildfires become more destructive because of the drought. Jones said the …

California Draws $10M From Reserves to Remove Wildfire Debris

California Governor Jerry Brown last week directed $10 million from the state’s budget reserve to help pay for the removal of huge amounts of burned debris left in the wake of two massive wildfires, the administration said. In a letter to …

Farmers Estimates $225M Loss from Northern California Fires

Farmers Insurance reported more than 1,300 claims filed, and an anticipated 1,800 total, with an estimated overall loss of roughly $225 million from two California wildfires that burned nearly 150,000 acres this month in Napa, Sonoma, Amador and Calaveras counties. Farmers …

Obama Declares Major Disaster in California Wildfire

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster Tuesday in a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed at least 1,200 homes and killed at least three people. The declaration issued for the fire that broke out in Lake County 90 miles …