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Can 'Fire Hardening' Solve California's Home Insurance Crisis?

Sue Ladich spent $1,600 clearing brush and trees from around her home in 2014. In 2017, she ponied up $3,500 to clear even more potential wildfire fuel from her property. This year, she spent another $2,200.

But the more than $7,000 and countless hours of work spent in the name of keeping her Truckee home safe from wildfires added up to nothing in the eyes of insurers.

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From the Community Editorial Board: Battling Wildfires

It’s 2020. Decades from now, assuming we all survive this year, we might remember this as a year the world was literally on fire. We were breathing in smoke and ash was raining down during a global pandemic of a novel respiratory infection.

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What Are the Most Effective Ways To Insure and Mitigate Wildfire Risks?

The extreme wildfires of the last several years, from California to Australia, have raised broad concerns about the future of wildfire risk management programs.

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Wildfire Partners Receives $1.2 Million from FEMA

Boulder County residents are leading the way in climate adaptation and wildfire mitigation efforts with the assistance of Wildfire Partners.

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Homeowners Insurance May Be Harder to Get in Risky Wildfire Areas

A few months ago, John Parker retired and moved into a salmon-colored log house on a mountain called Tungsten in unincorporated Boulder County. "Just to get a little piece of heaven, get away from the maddening crowd," he says.

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As Wildfire Risk Increases in Colorado and the West, Home Insurance Grows Harder to Find

A few months after Chris Cook and his family moved from California into a four-bedroom house nestled among Ponderosa pines in the foothills here, they received a letter saying their home insurance policy had been canceled.

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How Wildfires Are Making Some California Homes Uninsurable

California's wildfires keep growing bigger, more frequent and more destructive. Of the 20 worst wildfires in state history, four were just last year, giving rise to a record $12.6 billion of insurance claims.

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What Happens When You Buy a House in a Disaster Zone?

In many states, laws don’t require sellers to disclose that a property is in a flood or wildfire area, leaving homeowners with unexpected damage and losses. No federal systems alert potential property owners where wildfire may strike next, though some states, including California and Colorado, have mapped regional hazards.

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Wildfire Season Is Now A Rubik’s Cube Of Homeowner Action, Insurance Concerns

Colorado wildfire officials are bracing for an active season. That includes the recent human-sparked 117 Wildfire in El Paso County, which destroyed as many as 23 homes and burned nearly 43,000 acres.

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