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THE TEN MOST COSTLY WILDLAND FIRES IN THE UNITED STATES (1)

($ millions)

      Estimated insured loss
Rank Date Location Dollars when occurred In 2013 dollars (2)
1 Oct. 20-21, 1991 Oakland Fire, CA $1,700 $2,623
2 Oct. 21-24, 2007 Witch Fire, CA 1,300 1,424
3 Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2003 Cedar Fire, CA 1,060 1,302
4 Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2003 Old Fire, CA 975 1,198
5 Nov. 2-3, 1993 Los Angeles County Fire, CA 375 553
6 Sep. 4-9, 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire, TX 530 547
7 Oct. 27-28, 1993 Orange County Fire, CA 350 516
8 Jun. 24-28, 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, CO 450 457
9 Jun. 27-Jul. 2, 1990 Santa Barbara Fire, CA 265 423
10 Jun. 11-16, 2013 Black Forest Fire, CO 385 385

(1) Property coverage only for catastrophic fires. Effective January 1, 1997, ISO's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit defines catastrophes as events that cause more than $25 million in insured property damage and that affect a significant number of insureds and insurers. From 1982 to 1996, PCS used a $5 million threshold in defining catastrophes. Before 1982, PCS used a $1 million threshold.
(2) Adjusted for inflation through 2013 by ISO using the GDP implicit price deflator.

Source: The Property Claim Services® (PCS®) unit of ISO®, a Verisk Analytics® company.

 
THE TEN MOST COSTLY WILDLAND FIRES IN THE UNITED STATES (1)

($ millions)

      Estimated insured loss  
Rank Date Location Dollars when occurred In 2008 dollars (2)
1 Oct. 20-21, 1991 Oakland Fire, CA $1,700 $2,687
2 Oct. 21-24, 2007 Witch Fire, CA 1,300 1,350
3 Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2003 Cedar Fire, CA 1,060 1,240
4 Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2003 Old Fire, CA 975 1,141
5 Nov. 2-3, 1993 Los Angeles County Fire, CA 375 559
6 Oct. 27-28, 1993 Orange County Fire, CA 350 521
7 Jun. 27-Jul. 2, 1990 Santa Barbara Fire, CA 265 437
8 May 10-16, 2000 Cerro Grande Fire, NM 140 175
9 Jun. 23-28, 2002 Rodeo Chediski Complex Fire, AZ 120 144
10 Sep. 22-30, 1970 Oakland and Berkeley Hills Fire, CA 25 138

(1) Property coverage only for catastrophic fires. Effective January 1, 1997, Property Claim Services unit (PCS) defines catastrophes as events that cause more than $25 million in insured property damage and that affect a significant number of insureds and insurers. From 1982 to 1996, PCS used a $5 million threshold in defining catastrophes. Before 1982, PCS used a $1 million threshold.
(2) Adjusted to 2008 dollars by the Insurance Information Institute.

Source: ISO's Property Claim Services unit (PCS); Insurance Information Institute.

 
THE TEN MOST COSTLY WILDLAND FIRES IN THE UNITED STATES (1)

($ millions)

      Estimated insured loss 
Rank Date Location Dollars when
occurred
In 2010
dollars (2)
1 Oct. 20-21, 1991 Oakland Fire, CA $1,700 $2,516
2 Oct. 21-24, 2007 Witch Fire, CA 1,300 1,353
3 Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2003 Cedar Fire, CA 1,060 1,247
4 Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2003 Old Fire, CA 975 1,147
5 Nov. 2-3, 1993 Los Angeles County Fire, CA 375 530
6 Oct. 27-28, 1993 Orange County Fire, CA 350 495
7 Jun. 27-Jul. 2, 1990 Santa Barbara Fire, CA 265 406
8 Sep. 6-13, 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire, CO 210 210
9 May 10-16, 2000 Cerro Grande Fire, NM 140 175
10 Jun. 23-28, 2002 Rodeo Chediski Complex Fire, AZ 120 144

(1) Property coverage only for catastrophic fires. Effective January 1, 1997, Property Claim Services (PCS) unit defines catastrophes as events that cause more than $25 million in insured property damage and that affect a significant number of insureds and insurers. From 1982 to 1996, PCS used a $5 million threshold in defining catastrophes.
(2) Adjusted for inflation through 2010 by ISO using the GDP implicit price deflator.

Source: The Property Claim Services (PCS) unit of ISO, a Verisk Analytics company.

 
THE TEN MOST COSTLY WILDLAND FIRES IN THE UNITED STATES (1)

($ millions)

      Estimated insured loss
Rank Date Location Dollars when occurred In 2011 dollars (2)
1 Oct. 20-21, 1991 Oakland Fire, CA $1,700 $2,576
2 Oct. 21-24, 2007 Witch Fire, CA 1,300 1,387
3 Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2003 Cedar Fire, CA 1,060 1,276
4 Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2003 Old Fire, CA 975 1,174
5 Nov. 2-3, 1993 Los Angeles County Fire, CA 375 543
6 Sep. 4-9, 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire, TX 530 530
7 Oct. 27-28, 1993 Orange County Fire, CA 350 507
8 Jun. 27-Jul. 2, 1990 Santa Barbara Fire, CA 265 416
9 Sep. 6-13, 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire, CO 210 214
10 May 10-16, 2000 Cerro Grande Fire, NM 140 179

(1) Property coverage only for catastrophic fires. Effective January 1, 1997, ISO's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit defines catastrophes as events that cause more than $25 million in insured property damage and that affect a significant number of insureds and insurers. From 1982 to 1996, PCS used a $5 million threshold in defining catastrophes. Before 1982, PCS used a $1 million threshold.
(2) Adjusted for inflation through 2011 by ISO using the GDP implicit price deflator.

Source: The Property Claim Services (PCS) unit of ISO, a Verisk Analytics company.