California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner has declared an insurance state of emergency stemming from the wildfires raging in Southern California.
The declaration allows out of state claims adjustors to come to California to process insurance claims. Typically, insurance adjustors have to be licensed in the state.
Poizner said at a news conference in San Francisco he expects a crush of claims to be filed over the next several days and weeks.
He also said he is sending fraud investigators to Southern California amid reports that people are going to the area pretending to be claims adjustors and contractors.
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