Climate change gives California’s wildfire season an unwelcome boost

With high winds expected to continue, forecasters are warning that dangerous fires could endanger the region for days. October is the month when the state sees the worst fires. “The fires burning in Southern California are threatening lives and homes at a time of year historically most of us expected there to be little to no danger.”

Jones held the press conference to announce the latest loss figures from the Northern California wildfires in October. The fires were among the worst on record in the state in terms of lives and property lost, killing 44 people, burning more than 200,000 acres, and destroying 15,000 homes. Jones provided an update on the insurance claims for the October fires, calling them “Staggering.” Insured losses for both the Northern California fires in October currently stand at about $9 billion, he said. The figures do not include the fires in Napa in October that burned more than 240,000 acres  – surpassing all but three of the state’s worst fires.

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