The Press Democrat (July 18, 2018)

Close to Home: Putting victims first in wildfire legislation

BY: Assemblymember Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg

Insurance claims from last fall’s fires have reached $12.5 billion, about $10 billion in Northern California alone. In May of this year, Cal Fire released the results of a six-month investigation, finding that four of the Northern California fires “were caused by trees coming into contact with power lines.” Two weeks later, another report said that an additional 12 fires “were caused by electric power and distribution lines, conductors and the failure of power poles.”