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The October wildfires in California wine country destroyed more than 7,200 homes and other buildings, according to the latest estimate by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Two years after the 2003 Cedar fire, nearly 4 in 10 households burned out at the upscale Scripps Ranch subdivision in San Diego had yet to complete their rebuilding projects.
Two years after the 2007 wildfires destroyed more than 1,600 homes around San Diego County, 1 in 5 fire victims said they planned to sell their burned properties rather than rebuild.
A “low-key” reunion of more than 130 Witch Creek fire survivors and recovery coalition members was held Sunday to mark the wildfire’s 10th anniversary.
“This is a celebration of homecoming and friendship,” Jan Rasmussen told attendees. She was co-chair of...
Suggestions for getting help in recovering from disaster
Getting help from a mess of bureaucracies, insurance companies and nonprofits can be difficult. Here are some of the best tips from Chronicle writers:
High-risk fire insurance pool grapples with new normal of urban wildfires
Homeowners insurance is not mandated by the state of California, but is a requirement for anyone who wants to get a home mortgage from a bank.
As the historic North Bay fires are brought under control, data coming out of the state insurance industry tells a tale of massive destruction: Nearly 5,500...
People who lost homes in the Wine Country fires might be approached by public adjusters offering to represent them in their insurance claims.
While some disaster victims have had good experiences with public adjusters, consumer advocates and the California Department of Insurance warn against rushing into anything. They say policyholders should try working with the insurance company...
The last thing on the minds of most people whose homes were devastated by wildfires like those in Northern California may be keeping a journal. But, consumer advocates say, a journal can help in successfully filing an insurance claim.
For those evacuated during the wildfires, as well as others who discovered that homes and vehicles were destroyed, their first thought after ensuring the safety of family members was how to pay for lodging and out of pocket expenses in the wake of this disaster.