State partnership aims to lower wildfire risk, protect homes and make insurance more available and affordable

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LOS ANGELES – Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a new partnership between the California Department of Insurance and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, including the governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the California Public Utilities Commission to establish consistent statewide standards for home and community hardening that will reduce wildfire risk, protect lives and property and help make insurance available and affordable to residents and businesses. “Hardening” refers to measures that prepare homes and communities to better survive a wildfire, such as building upgrades, defensible space and fire-resistant landscaping. While California has exis
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