Fire risk increasing your insurance premiums?
After several years of drought and extreme wildfires, we’re aware that Placer County residents in some forested areas are reporting steep increases in their homeowner’s insurance premiums, or even cancellations. While at the county level we don’t have any jurisdiction or control over insurance rates, we continue to focus on reducing fire hazards and are coordinating closely with the state and other heavily-forested counties to make sure insurance regulation treats our residents fairly.
We can all help by doing everything possible to be fire smart. Homeowners who are facing especially unreasonable rate adjustments are encouraged to file a complaint with the California Department of Insurance by calling 1-800-927-4357 or online at http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/101-help
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The Placer County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is the result of a community-wide planning effort that included extensive field data gathering, compilation of existing documents and geographic information system (GIS) data, and scientific analyses and recommendations designed to reduce the threat of wildfire-related damages to values at risk. Values at risk include people, property, ecological elements, and other human and intrinsic values within the project area. They are identified by inhabitants as important to the way of life in the study area, and are particularly susceptible to damage from wildfire. This document incorporates new and existing information relating to wildfire, which will be valuable to citizens, policy makers, and public agencies throughout western Placer County, California. Participants in this project include the Placer County Fires Safe Alliance (PCFSA), Foresthill/Iowa Hill Fire Safe Council (FSC), Greater Auburn Area (FSC), Greater Lincoln (FSC), Placer Sierra (FSC), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), United States Forest Service (USFS), Placer County Resource Conservation District (PCRCD), other Placer County officials, numerous local fire departments and protection districts, and landowners.
For more on reducing fire hazards in your area, please also visit: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/