Insurance Claims Total $9B for California Fires

Officials say $9 billion in insurance claims have been filed following wildfires that ravaged Northern California two months ago.
    
That's up from $3.3 billion in losses announced by the state in late October.
    
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Wednesday that the $9 billion includes residential, commercial and automobile losses.

The FBI is joining efforts to prevent fraud related to Northern California wildfire recovery efforts.
    
Nearly two dozen blazes ripped through the region in mid-October, destroying 245,000 acres of land. The FBI announced Wednesday it's created a task force with state and local agencies to investigate potential fraud in the relief efforts.

The FBI's San Francisco Division says the task force will utilize intelligence about fraud in other recent disasters, including hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico earlier this year.    

The wildfires that ripped through Northern California were the deadliest in state history, killing 44 people.

Jones says people have filed claims about partial losses of more than 15,000 homes. He says the state has helped at least 2,000 people with insurance questions or disputes.

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