Environment & Science

Valley and Butte fires caused nearly $2 billion in damage

The ruins of a home that burned in the Valley Fire are seen in this September 15, 2015 file photo taken in Middletown, California.
The ruins of a home that burned in the Valley Fire are seen in this September 15, 2015 file photo taken in Middletown, California.
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An insurance company says two massive wildfires that burned up parts of Northern California did nearly $2 billion in damage, among the costliest blazes the Golden State has ever seen.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a report by insurance company Aon Benfield found the Valley Fire in Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties caused at least $1.5 billion in damage. Damage in Calaveras and Amador counties from the Butte Fire was estimated to cost $450 million.

The report shows about $925 million of the Valley Fire damage is covered by insurance, making it the fifth-worst wildfire insurance disaster in state history.

The fires burned more than 200 square miles and killed six people.

The Oakland Hills Fire of 1991 was California's most expensive, with damage covered by insurance costing $2.67 billion when adjusted for inflation.

Fire Tracker: Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties

Fire Tracker: Valley Fire in Lake County