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USA –– Many insurers are now adding protection services for their customers in flame-prone areas.
FORTUNE — When a forest fire flared up near Manton, Calif., late this summer, Lionel Bonanno jumped into a fire truck and raced to the evacuation zone. He closed up windows and sprayed fire retardant around dozens of homes. It’s likely that, in the coming months, he’ll have to do this again: Fire season now extends to November in much of the West. While Bonanno is a trained firefighter, he isn’t a public servant. If he sees a burning home, he is not legally bound to take action.
He is a “wildfire-mitigation specialist,” employed by the home insurer Chartis, a division of AIG (AIG). In the past four years half-a-dozen insurers have begun sending out similar private firefighting crews in an attempt to stem multimillion-dollar losses from flames in the West. Last year insurers lost $855 million to catastrophic wildfires. In 2000 they lost $183 million.
More luxury homes are being built in the fire-prone West: The U.S. Forest Service estimates that about 60% of the homes erected from 1990 to 2000 were built in forested areas near public lands.