More than $9 billion in insurance claims have been filed following wildfires that ravaged Northern California two months ago, the state's top insurance regulator said Wednesday.
The figure represents residential, commercial, automobile and other property claims filed with 260 insurers by Dec. 1, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. It's up from $3.3 billion in losses that Jones announced in late October. He said the number is not likely to rise significantly.
The wildfires that ripped through Northern California were the deadliest in state history.
"This represents one of the most devastating series of fires in California's history in terms of insured losses," Jones told The Associated Press. "And behind those staggering numbers are personal stories of tragedy and loss, and 44 individuals whose lives were lost."
People have filed claims about full or partial losses of more than 18,000 homes, most of them in Sonoma County, where a blaze destroyed several neighborhoods. There were nearly 2,300 business property claims, nearly 5,000 vehicle claims and 650 claims for other property, including boats.