Northern California Wildfires Catastrophe Information
In early October 2017, a series of wildfires started burning across the state of California. They broke out throughout Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte, and Solano counties during severe fire weather conditions. Due to the extreme conditions, shortly after the fires ignited on October 8th and 9th, they rapidly grew to become extensive, full-scale incidents spanning from 1,000 acres to well over 20,000 acres each within a single day. By October 14, the fires had burned more than 210,000 acres, and destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures while forcing 90,000 people to evacuate from their homes.
October 20, 2017 - REGULATORY BULLETIN - Wildfires Trigger Reminder of Public Adjuster Laws -CA [Due to the wildfires in California, the California Department of Insurance (DOI) issued a Notice reminding insurers and all licensed public adjusters of the rules, regulations and limitations applicable to public adjusters doing business in California.]
October 18, 2017 - REGULATORY BULLETIN - 2017 Wildfires: Executive Order Expediting Wildfire Recovery Efforts - CA [On October 18, 2017, the California Governor issued Executive Order B-43-17 to help expedite recovery efforts in communities impacted by the California wildfires. Most relevant to property claims in this wide ranging order are its reference to anti-price gouging laws, and its allowance of manufactured homes or recreational vehicles on private lots for use during the reconstruction of homes.]
October 13, 2017 - REGULATORY BULLETIN: 2017 Wildfires - Expedited Claims Handling and Nonlicensed Adjuster
As a result of wildfires in California, the Department of Insurance has authorized use of nonlicensed adjusters and asked insurers to comply with its voluntary expedited claims handling procedures.