California wildfires News

The Top 15 U.S. Metros with High Exposure to Wildfire Risk

The number of wildfires per year is going down, but the increasing size and intensity of the fires is creating more property damage than ever before – in fact, the average fire size has tripled over the past 30 years, …

California Sees Two More Property Insurers Withdraw From Market

California’s already strained property insurance market is facing a new challenge as two more insurers, Tokio Marine America Insurance Co. and Trans Pacific Insurance Co., plan to withdraw from the wildfire-prone state entirely starting in July. The two companies, units …

AM Best Downgrades State Farm General Ratings

Roughly a week after State Farm announced that it would nonrenew tens of thousands of homeowners and commercial apartment policies in California, AM Best has downgraded the company that offered those policies. Last week, State Farm cited its responsibility to …

California Utilities Regulator Okays $45 Million Penalty for PG&E Over 2021 Dixie Fire

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a $45 million settlement agreement between its Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), for the utility’s part in the destructive 2021 Dixie wildfire. The Dixie fire started …

Paradise Struggles to Rebuild Amid High Home Insurance Costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heidi Lange was among the first to rebuild after the deadliest wildfire in California history destroyed her home in 2018 along with much of the town of Paradise. After the fire, she got divorced, which left …

PG&E Pledges $18 Billion to Cut Wildfire Risk in California

PG&E Corp. plans to invest $18 billion in wildfire prevention through 2025 following back-to-back seasons of devastating blazes linked to the utility’s network of wires and other equipment. PG&E will bury more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) of wires, install …

Report Forecasts ‘Above-Normal’ U.S. Wildfire Season, Worse in Drought-Plagued West

The U.S. has in store an “above-normal” wildfire season if a prediction out on Wednesday from fire weather experts holds true – “intense” may be a better word for the expectations in Western region. Early predictions for the 2022 fire …

PG&E’s Criminal Probation to End Amid Ongoing Safety Worries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)–Pacific Gas & Electric is poised to emerge from five years of criminal probation, despite worries that nation’s largest utility remains too dangerous to trust after years of devastation from wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment and neglectful …

California Utility Says its Equipment May Be Linked to Fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric equipment may have been involved in the start of the big Dixie Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada, the nation’s largest utility reported to California regulators. PG&E said in a report Sunday …

Travelers Profit Rises With Higher Premiums, Lower Costs

Oct 20 — Property and casualty insurer Travelers Companies Inc beat third-quarter profit expectations on Tuesday, helped by higher premiums, lower costs and an increase in returns from non-fixed income investments. The New York-based company, seen as a bellwether for …