MEDIA ADVISORY: I.I.I. Can Provide Information On Insurance Issues Raised By This Week’s Wildfires In Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, And Texas

I.I.I. Experts Available to Brief Reporters on Coverage for Fire-Caused Property Damage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500;
Kim Kirchner, Coburn Communciation: (212)-536-9837;


New York, April 20, 2018—Thousands of residents and firefighters in four U.S. states—Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas—are either recovering from or dealing with severe wildfires and the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) can discuss their insurance implications.

The 117 Fire is impacting Colorado’s El Paso and Pueblo counties while the Badger Hole Fire prompted evacuations this week in Kansas’ Morton and Stanton counties. Meanwhile, FEMA’s Daily Operations Briefing yesterday (April 19) pointed to the acreage burned by two Oklahoma wildfires—the Rhea Fire, in Dewey County, and the 34 Fire Complex, in Woodward County.  The McClennan Fire in Gray County, Texas, was also cited in yesterday’s FEMA Daily Operations Briefing.

The I.I.I.’s backgrounder on insurance and wildfires is posted on its website, as is an I.I.I. article on what policyholders need to know about settling insurance claims after a disaster.

The I.I.I.’s East Coast contact for this issue is New York City-based Michael Barry, the I.I.I.’s Head of Media and Public Affairs,, 917-923-8245.

The I.I.I.’s West Coast point person for wildfire-related media interviews is Janet Ruiz, the I.I.I.’s California Representative,, 707-490-9365.

The I.I.I. has a full library of educational videos on its YouTube Channel. Information about I.I.I. mobile apps can be found here.


Insurance Information Institute, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038; (212) 346-5500;

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