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Insured losses from October wildfires top $3 billion, California insurance department reports

November 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from California’s October wildfires now top US$3 billion – a three-fold increase in just two weeks – according to updated claims loss data from the California Department of Insurance. Fifteen major insurers reported the updated $3.32 billion estimate

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California launching fire clean up ‘for the record books’

October 25, 2017 Ellen Knickmeyer - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Government officials outlined plans Monday for what they say will be the largest fire clean-up in California history, aimed at removing hazardous substances and ash from 8,400 homes and other structures burned in Northern California wildfires.

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California wildfires already cost more than US$1 billion in losses: state insurance department

October 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The wildfires in California have cost US$1.045 billion in losses, preliminary data from the California Department of Insurance has revealed. On Thursday, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced preliminary data provided by eight California insurers processing claims for tens of

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Wildfire situation in California remains volatile: AIR Worldwide

October 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While residents of Mendocino County have been allowed to return home after deadly wildfires destroyed property in California, AIR Worldwide is warning the situation “remains extremely volatile” in the region. As winds moderated on Sunday, “firefighters were able to make

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Spurt of vegetation growth contributes to California wildfires: Munich Re

October 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

With deadly wildfires destroying more than 3,500 properties north of San Francisco, Munich Re is warning that “prime wildfire conditions” may continue in California this winter. “Over the past decade, the United States has seen an uptick in the frequency

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B.C. wildfires cause more than $127 million in insured damage: CatIQ

September 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The “two most significant wildfires in British Columbia this summer” caused more than $127 million in insured damage, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said, quoting Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). The wildfires around Williams Lake caused close to

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OneEleven and Aviva Canada to host Canada’s “first ever” DisasterTech Hackathon

September 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

OneEleven, described as “North America’s largest scaleup innovation hub,” and Aviva Canada have announced that a 48-hour DisasterTech Hackathon will be held next month in Toronto. The event will kick off at OneEleven’s office at 325 Front St. West in

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SGI Canada customers evacuated by Saskatchewan wildfires have mass evacuation coverage

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

SGI Canada policyholders in areas affected by the wildfires in northern Saskatchewan will have mass evacuation coverage in place for 30 days and should be assured that personal and commercial property policies will not be cancelled for 30 days in

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Huge wildfires in B.C. could smoulder until next spring, says official

September 1, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A municipal leader in British Columbia’s central Interior says he wouldn’t be surprised if wildfires that have chewed through more than 10,600 square kilometres of woodland won’t be fully out until 2018. Chairman Al Richmond of

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Smoke from forest fires forces general evacuation of Pelican Narrows, Sask.

August 30, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

PELICAN NARROWS, Sask. – A general evacuation has been ordered for a northeastern Saskatchewan community because of smoke and road closures caused by wildfires. The Saskatchewan government says emergency social services is preparing to receive an additional 1,100 people from

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ICBC reports 124 claims and $500,000 in costs from wildfires to date

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reported on Wednesday that it has received 124 claims to date, at a cost of $500,000, from the wildfires burning in the province. Most vehicle damage claims were related to extreme heat and smoke damage, with some vehicles even rendered as total losses, ICBC reported in a press release.
Recognizing that it is experiencing the “worst wildfire season in the province’s history,” ICBC added that it has made formal changes to its policies to reflect “these special circumstances for customers on evacuation…

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B.C. and federal governments assessing impact of wildfires on province’s agriculture sector

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The governments of British Columbia and Canada have announced that they are working under the federal-provincial AgriRecovery disaster framework to determine the type of assistance that may be required by the province’s agriculture sector to recover from the impact of wildfires. The announcement was made on Wednesday following the first meeting between Lawrence MacAulay, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham.

Government officials are working together to quickly assess the “extraordinary costs” farmers are incurring and what additional assistance may be required to recover and return to production following the wildfires, noted a joint statement from B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.