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Winds and Dry Conditions Contribute to Massive Southern California Wildfires, PCI Says Insurers are on hand to Assist Fire Victims


As several wildfires continue rage across Southern California, homeowners and renters should listen carefully to warnings and directions from local authorities. Insurers will be ready to help those that lose homes to these destructive fire storms.

PCI encourages California residents who sustain damage from a wildfire to immediately reach out to their insurer or agent through the toll free phone number, app or website. One click or call starts the recovery process. Homeowners insurance will help policyholders move out of evacuation centers and into temporary housing. Policyholders who experience damage and are out of their homes should save their receipts for meals and lodging for possible reimbursement through additional living expense coverage contained in most homeowners policies.

The Thomas Fire, located south of Santa Barbara in Ventura County, is the largest of the current Southern California wildfires. It started December 4 and due to the Santa Ana winds, has spread rapidly consuming more than 96,000 acres, forcing thousands to evacuate.

2017 has been a very active wildfire year. The National Interagency Fire Center reports there have been 56,000 fires that burned 9.1 million acres nationally.

Homeowners and renters not impacted by these wildfires should take the time to complete a Wildfire Reality Check to make sure your finances are prepared. Visit and learn how to update your insurance and make a home inventory. These simple steps will make the recovery process much easier.

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