The state has already managed to burn its way through the deductible and is being assisted by its coverage.
Oregon has now started to reach into its fire insurance coverage in order to help pay for the rising cost of battling wildfires in the state, and this is the second year in a row that it has been required to do so.
This year, the number of acres that have been burned down have exceeded the average of the last decade.
In fact, the wildfires in Oregon have tripled the ten year average, this year. Scientists now believe that this is going to become an ongoing trend as the state continues to face long term droughts. In fact, climate change is leading to water scarcity issues that could mean that the wildfires will only become worse over the years.
In order to help to keep the ever rising costs under control, the state has a $20 million fire insurance deductible.
The state has a very large wildfire insurance policy in order to help to protect them against the rapidly rising costs associated with the burning acres throughout the state. That protection was first put into place about forty years ago. This year, Oklahoma had already made its way through the entire deductible by the close of July and now it has made its way through two thirds of its policy protection, which covers up to $25 million per year.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell how long the wildfire season will continue, this year. According to the Department of Forestry public affairs director, Dan Postrel, the forests throughout Oregon continue to be very dry and as a result of this, there is the chance that more fires could occur.
The fire insurance policy is currently easing the pain of the high costs that Oregon must pay every year in order to combat the massive wildfires that it faces for seasons at a time. These costs are independent from the funds that it has tucked aside for the firefighting efforts against smaller brushfires and forest fires. These continuing efforts are designed to help to make sure that the state will still hang in there against the fire costs that continue to rise.