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Experts say fire insurance is necessary

Posted On Tue, July 24, 2012

When fires strike the damage caused can set homeowners and business owners back quite a bit if they are underprepared. In a recent release, the California Department of Insurance stated that residents of the state needed to be ready for possible wildfires due to an upcoming heatwave.

The head of the agency, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, said that Californians should create both escape plans and checklists that will allow them to get out of a dangerous situation in a hurry. He also urged residents to sign up for insurance quotes to cover the financial burden that the fires can bring to victims.

"I urge Californians across the state to be prepared for the potential that a wildfire may strike anywhere and at any time," said Commissioner Jones. "Homeowners need to have their property ready and insurance up to date in case of a fire related loss."

One of the worst wildfires in modern history was the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado. According to a study by the Impact Forecasting, 347 homes were burned and two people killed from flames. Depending on insurance rates, victims will have varying coverage. 

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