Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

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Insurance Claims From November Wildfires Jump To $11.4 Billion

KCBS Radio Midday News
January 28, 2019 - 12:27 pm

The wildfires that burned vast sections of California in November have to led $11.4 billion in insurance claims, according to new figures released on Monday by the state. 

So far, 46,000 residents, and business and auto owners have filed insurance claims related to the Camp Fire in Butte County or the Woolsey Fire that burned parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In Butte County, residents claimed property losses totaling more than $7.3 billion. In Los Angeles, residential losses reached nearly $2.4 billion. 

“Today, we have a clearer picture of the loss from the devastating Camp and Woolsey fires,” said Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, in a statement. “The Department of Insurance is here to help. To date we have assisted more than 5,000 survivors of the November fires. To the residents of Paradise, Butte, Malibu, Los Angeles and the other communities who have lost so much—we stand with you on the long road to recovery.”

The numbers released on Monday were $2.2 billion or approximately 25 percent more than the initial figures released in December by the Department of Insurance. 

The Camp Fire became the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history when it killed 86 people and destroyed more than 18,000 buildings, including 13,972 homes, according to Cal Fire