November 16, 2019
When the more than 200 Kincade fire survivors who gathered Saturday morning at the Alexander Valley Community Center in Geyserville heard a firefighter introduce himself, they filled the hall with applause. More than half of them had structures burned in the fire. Some lost entire crops to the 77,758-acre fire, Sonoma County’s largest. Others lost everything. Their pain, at least for the moment,...
As posted at: The Press Democrat

November 16, 2019
Sacramento, CA…As wildfire risk drives more non-renewals of homeowner insurance across the state, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara is taking action to help homeowners find adequate coverage to protect their homes by ordering the FAIR Plan to offer a comprehensive policy in addition to its current dwelling fire-only coverage by June 1, 2020, with traditional homeowner features, such as coverage...
As posted at: The Pine Tree

November 16, 2019
The California Department of Insurance has been urging residents who were under mandatory evacuation during the Kincade and Southern California wildfires to see if they can file a claim for additional living expenses under their homeowners or renters policies. Most policies in California cover expenses such as hotels, gas and meals that exceed your deductible if a civil authority forces...
As posted at: San Francisco Chronicle

November 15, 2019
United Policyholders one-year survey released Less than one third of the Camp Fire survivors who responded to a survey about their insurance claims a year after the disaster said they had decided to rebuild. Those who said they planned to rebuild their home was 28 percent, while those who did not plan to rebuild their home was nearly the same, 29 percent. About 34 percent of people were still...
As posted at: Enterprise-Record

November 14, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians who lost their home insurance because of the threat of wildfires will be able to buy comprehensive policies next year through a state-mandated plan under an order issued Thursday by the state insurance commissioner. As wildfires threaten the state, insurance companies have been dropping many homeowners who live in fire-prone areas. Most of those people turn...
As posted at: 10 News San Diego

November 14, 2019
With more destructive wildfires burning California, insurance companies are increasingly declining coverage to homeowners As more companies refuse to provide fire insurance to homeowners in a state plagued by increasingly destructive blazes, California’s insurance commissioner said Thursday that a plan once meant to be a last resort will be expanded. “I am taking this action after meeting with...
As posted at: The Mercury News

November 13, 2019
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — As fires ravage California each year, more homeowners are at risk of losing their insurance.   The fires across the region in recent weeks caused memories of the 1991 fire in the Oakland hills to come racing back to homeowner Al Fleischman.   “When one loses something that one puts one’s life into, it’s always, always sad,” Fleischman said.   25...
As posted at: KPIX

November 8, 2019
PARADISE — People submit applications for rebuilding permits to the town of Paradise and Butte County every day. On Nov. 1, it was Wade and Courtney Petersen’s turn. “It’s just a really exciting moment,” she said as she filled out the paperwork in town hall. Almost a year earlier, the Petersens learned their home in lower Paradise had burned to the ground in the Camp Fire. Soon after, they booked...
As posted at: Enterprise-Record

November 1, 2019
Victims of wildfires are at risk of losing not only their homes, but their insurance plans as well. Wildfires have ravaged California over the past few weeks. Fire erupted in Jurupa Valley Thursday and already spread across 300 acres. The Kincade Fire in Northern California burned over 76,000 acres, and the Getty Fire in Southern California burned 745 acres as of Thursday.   Governor...
As posted at: USC Annenberg Media

October 31, 2019
Sonoma County residents forced to evacuate because of the Kincade fire could be reimbursed for their expenses while away from home by their homeowner insurance company. The caveat is that those policyholders would have to be displaced under a mandatory evacuation order issued by Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick to be eligible for any reimbursement from their insurers. About 190,000 county...
As posted at: The Press Democrat