Mendocino Complex Fire officially 100 percent contained
News: 2018 Press Release
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Officials have announced that the Mendocino Complex Fire,the largest wildfire in California's history, is 100 percent contained. The blaze burned a combined 459,123 acres, destroyed 280 structures including 157 residences, killed one firefighter and injured four others. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced earlier this month that so far, these fires have resulted in over $56 million in insured losses.
The California Department of Insurance provided assistance and guidance to over 115 wildfire survivors at the Local Assistance Centers. As with previous disasters, department staff members were on-site providing information about claim processes and guiding consumers to appropriate disaster recovery resources.
Commissioner Jones reminds consumers to be on guard against unscrupulous vendors and contractors that may attempt to take advantage of fire survivors with scams. Do not sign contracts or give a public adjuster or contractor money without first confirming they are properly licensed and their license is in good standing.
"Unfortunately, disasters can bring out the worst in some people," said Jones. "I have a skilled enforcement team focused on tracking down and arresting rip-off artists that take advantage of homeowners who have already suffered so much."
The department's enforcement team works closely with other regulatory agencies, including the Contractors State License Board, the Employment Development Department and the DMV to make sure public adjusters, contractors, and service vendors are following the laws and regulations in place to protect consumers.
Jones also urges wildfire survivors to review their insurance policies for additional living expense coverage, such as food and housing costs, furniture rental, relocation, storage, and extra transportation expenses.
Consumers who need assistance with their claim or have questions may contact the Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357 or visit the department's website for tips and advice. Residents in the affected areas are also urged to report any suspicious activity to the department's Consumer Hotline.
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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $310 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance website at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.4357. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.