Action to head off growing insurance availability crisis follows: OAKLAND, Calif. — Today Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a mandatory one-year moratorium on insurance companies non-...Read more
The hundreds of people whose homes were lost or damaged in devastating wildfires now ravaging California should have an easier time dealing with insurers, thanks to the Oakland hills fire of 24 years...Read more

U.S. states plagued by historic drought are bracing for an early wildfire season with a cost that may rise as high as $1.8 billion, or almost $500,000 more than what’s available to control the blazes.