L.A. County leads California in wildfire risk to homes

More homes face high risk of being destroyed in a wildfire in densely populated Los Angeles County than in any other county in the state, according to new insurance industry research that underscores that fire danger is not confined to rural areas.

The analysis, released Wednesday by the Insurance Information Network of California, places more than 2 million homes in the high-risk category statewide. Slightly more than half of them are in Southern California, where huge, wind-driven fires have charred thousands of houses in the last decade.

"Wildfires have been the most expensive singular events that have occurred in California" since the 1994 Northridge earthquake, said Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute.

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-- Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times

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