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.