Sacramento fire agencies prepare for wildfire season as more insurance companies leave California
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Sacramento fire agencies prepare for wildfire season as more insurance companies leave California


More insurance companies abandon California as wildfire season approaches


More insurance companies abandon California as wildfire season approaches

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SACRAMENTO — Two additional insurance companies are pulling out of California, leaving thousands more citizens without coverage as wildfire season approaches in the state.

The California Department of Insurance confirmed to CBS13 that Tokio Marine America Insurance Company and Trans-Pacific Insurance Company will not be renewing their customers' home insurance policies. Notices are being sent this summer.

This comes just weeks after State Farm announced This will not happen Renew homeowner coverage for 72,000 homes and apartments in the state.

As it becomes increasingly difficult for people to find and keep coverage, firefighters are rapidly preparing for the approaching wildfire season. Cal Fire is already expanding staffing with 26 seasonal staff members.

“They are the backbone of our department. When it comes to moving hose, putting out fires, moving crew equipment, running chainsaws,” said Battalion Chief Jeff Loveless.

Seasonal crews stay put for the next six to nine months, and mitigation efforts are already beginning across the state to cut the amount of brush and fuels on the ground.

“The work right now is making sure that with some of these storms, some of the branches that fell down with the bigger storms, we're cleaning them up and being able to burn them,” Lovelace said.

He reminds the public that starting prevention efforts now will help reduce the likelihood of devastating fires in the coming months. Currently, Cal Fire said the weather outlook remains average due to a healthy water year and above average snowfall.


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