THE TEN MOST COSTLY WILDLAND FIRES IN THE UNITED STATES (1)

($ millions)

      Estimated insured loss
Rank Date Location Dollars when occurred In 2011 dollars (2)
1 Oct. 20-21, 1991 Oakland Fire, CA $1,700 $2,576
2 Oct. 21-24, 2007 Witch Fire, CA 1,300 1,387
3 Oct. 25-Nov. 4, 2003 Cedar Fire, CA 1,060 1,276
4 Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2003 Old Fire, CA 975 1,174
5 Nov. 2-3, 1993 Los Angeles County Fire, CA 375 543
6 Sep. 4-9, 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire, TX 530 530
7 Oct. 27-28, 1993 Orange County Fire, CA 350 507
8 Jun. 27-Jul. 2, 1990 Santa Barbara Fire, CA 265 416
9 Sep. 6-13, 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire, CO 210 214
10 May 10-16, 2000 Cerro Grande Fire, NM 140 179

(1) Property coverage only for catastrophic fires. Effective January 1, 1997, ISO's Property Claim Services (PCS) unit 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 for inflation through 2011 by ISO using the GDP implicit price deflator.

Source: The Property Claim Services (PCS) unit of ISO, a Verisk Analytics company.