Most costly U.S. wildland fires - estimated insured losses 2018

This statistic shows the estimated insured losses due to the costliest wildland fires in the United States as of 2018. The Camp Fire, which occurred between November 8 and 25, 2018, caused insured losses of an estimated 10.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Estimated insured losses due to the most costly wildland fires in the United States as of 2018

Insured losses in 2018 million U.S. dollars
Camp Fire, CA
(Nov. 8-25, 2018)*
Tubbs Fire, CA
(Oct. 8-20, 2017)*
Woolsey Fire, CA
(Nov. 8-22, 2018)*
Atlas Fire, CA
(Oct. 8-20, 2017)*
Thomas Fire, CA
(Dec. 4-23, 2017)*
Oakland Hills Fire, CA
(Oct. 20-21, 1991)
Witch Fire, CA
(Oct. 21-24, 2007)
Carr Fire, CA
(Jul. 23-Aug. 30, 2018)*
Cedar Fire, CA
(Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2003)
Old Fire, CA
(Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2003)
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Release date

July 2019


United States

Survey time period

1991 to 2018

Supplementary notes

According to the source, only property coverage for catastrophic fires are shown. Effective January 1, 1997, Property Claim Services (PCS) unit defines catastrophes as events that cause more than 25 million U.S. dollars in insured property damage and that affect a significant number of insureds and insurers. From 1982 to 1996, PCS used a 5 million U.S. dollars threshold in defining catastrophes.
Data are adjusted for inflation through 2018 by ISO using the GDP implicit price deflator.
*Estimates are preliminary as the fires are still under investigation and the severity of losses may change. In these cases the upper estimate for losses was used.
The date of access was taken as the release date.

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