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California wildfires widen, charring homes and wineries

Ted Bunker 11 October 2017

Wildfires in Northern California have scorched over 115,000 acres, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and left at least 21 dead since Sunday and the flames continued to spread today, driven by gusting winds and fueled by dry conditions.

Video posted on the internet from the scene showed dozens of blocks of levelled homes in large tract neighbourhoods of Santa Rosa, leaving little doubt that the fires will lead to significant insured losses.

Among the largest insurers in the state are...

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