California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issues notices to insurers over wildfires

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Insurers have been advised to cease their cancellations and non-renewals in wildfire affected communities. California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has issued notices to homeowners’ insurance companies regarding the cessation of cancellations and non-renewals in communities suffering wildfire emergencies. Lara’s notices have advised insurers to stop such behaviors or risk violating Californian law. The notices from the California Insurance Commissioner have to do with homeowners and renters’ policies in communities located near the state’s many major wildfires. Those communities will be identified by state Governor Gavin Newsom in emergency declarations. According…

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Mercury homeowners insurance encourages Californians to prepare for fires

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The 2021 wildfire season is already outpacing that of 2020, which broke historic records. California is suffering a severe drought this year, and Mercury homeowners insurance customers are being urged to take action to ensure their properties and their families are prepared for a rough wildfire season. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection shows that wildfires are worse than last year. According to recent California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) data, the drought is contributing to wildfire numbers and acres burned to the point that…

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Homeowners insurance non-renewal protection issued to several Californian communities

Homeowners Insurance Non-Renewal - neighborhood in California

Residents of almost 2.4M homes will benefit from a one-year moratorium against wildfire risk cancellation. Almost 2.4 million policyholders will be protected against homeowners insurance non-renewal for the next year. Millions of property owners faced having their policies cancelled due to increased wildfire risk. The historic wildfires that blaze their way through the state every year have caused homeowners insurance non-renewal trends to skyrocket in California. This has threatened the ability of many residents to find affordable coverage, or any coverage at all. That said, on December 31, California Insurance…

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Californians wonder if fire hardening will make it easier to get homeowners’ insurance

Fire hardening - Wildfires

Creating a program to incentivize homeowners to mitigate the risk of wildfires has potential. Californians across the state are trying to do what they can to spare their homes from wildfire risk, and some are looking to fire hardening in the hopes of becoming more acceptable to homeowners’ insurance companies. Insurers are becoming increasingly risk averse in the state when it comes to protecting from wildfire. Californian homeowners have been watching their premiums spiking and many are at a risk of having their coverage cancelled altogether. The wildfires in the…

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Governor Newsom declares California state of emergency in three counties

California state of emergency - Wildfire in California

The alert is regarding the Glass and Zogg wildfires which threaten Napa, Sonoma and Shasta counties. Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a California state of emergency in three counties as a result of the Glass and Zogg fires. Those wildfires have already killed three people and have torched their way through thousands of acres since last Sunday. The governor included Napa, Sonoma and Shasta in his statement and sent a letter to President Trump. In Governor Newsom’s letter regarding the California state of emergency in the three counties, he addressed…

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Edison must pay insurers $1.16B for Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides

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The power company announced the settlement of the lawsuit with insurance companies. Southern California Edison has announced that it has reached a settlement with insurance companies that sued it over the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide disasters. The utility will pay $1.16 billion to insurers over the disasters in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Edison announced this settlement in a news release in which it explained that the agreement was not an admission of any wrongdoing or liability. “We are making significant progress toward resolving wildfire-related litigation,” stated president and…

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California wildfire risk increases homeowners’ insurance challenge

California wildfire risk - homes near fire

Insurers are facing massive losses and have been withdrawing from areas prone to fires. The California wildfire risk has been causing problems for homeowners in the state that extend beyond the devastation left behind by the widespread uncontrolled blazes that are becoming increasingly problematic. As massive blazes become more commonplace, the cost associated with them is sending insurers away. Due to the California wildfire risk, insurers are falling out of love with the opportunity to insurer the properties there, particularly in areas most prone to the fires. “The marketplace has…

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