California Wildfire News

Largest Wildfire in California History Continues to Grow

Twin fires in Northern California being treated as one became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco was still growing this week as it broke the record set eight …

California Governor Seeks Wildfire Aid from Trump as State Battles 17 Blazes

Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he …

Carr Fire Losses May Reach $1.5B in Likely Another Destructive Season for California

California’s Carr wildfire has the potential to yield losses of up to $1.5 billion, according to a Moody’s report issued on Thursday. The fire has ravaged parts of Shasta County in or near Redding in the Northern part of the …

Winds Fan Fast-Moving Northern California Wildfire

A massive wildfire in rural Northern California has grown in size and has forced evacuations. The fast-moving fire that started over the weekend northwest of Sacramento grew dramatically to about 150 square miles by Monday night. State fire officials said …

California Bill Would Shield PG&E, Edison from Some Wildfire Liability

Utility giants PG&E Corp. and Edison International could gain at least some protection against future wildfire damages under a bill that’s advancing in California’s legislature. An amended bill being weighed by California’s Senate would shield utilities that follow approved safety …

California Mudslide Claims Top $421M

Insurers have received more than 2,000 insurance claims totaling more than $421 million in losses from the deadly Montecito, Calif. mudslide that destroyed or damaged more than 400 homes and businesses and killed 21 people, the California Department of Insurance …

Los Angeles Wildfires Close Roads, Threaten Crops, Force Evacuations

Wildfires raging across Southern California have shut a major commuter artery in Los Angeles, suspended filming, wiped out more than $3 billion of market value for regional utility Edison International and are threatening some of the state’s lucrative crops. Stretches …

Chubb Expects $320 Million in Q4 Catastrophe Losses Including California Wildfires

Chubb Limited reported a preliminary loss estimate for the fourth quarter from natural catastrophes, including the California wildfires, of approximately $320 million pre-tax, or $249 million after tax. Chubb said its insured losses for the California wildfires are currently estimated …

Northern California Wildfire Destroys 37 Structures

A Northern California wildfire has destroyed 37 structures, at least some of them homes. The figure is up from 17 destroyed structures previously reported by state fire officials. However, the blaze weakened significantly Monday and waves of the thousands of …

California Wildfire Now Costliest in U.S. History to Fight at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to data released this week. The fire has cost $206.7 million …