REDDING, Calif. (CBSLA/AP) — California’s insurance commissioner says victims of the state’s two largest wildfires this year have filed more than 10,000 claims so far totaling $845 million.
Commissioner David Jones said Thursday that the two Northern California fires destroyed or damaged a combined 8,800 homes and 329 businesses.
The fires also damaged 800 vehicles and caused other property damage.
A spark from a flat tire started a fire near Redding that killed eight people. The Mendocino Complex Fire destroyed property in three counties.
Jones previously said insurers received 45,000 claims totaling more than $11.8 billion for damage from wildfires in 2017.
The new data shows how climate change is a contributor to fire losses in California, Jones said.
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