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Report Lays Out Climate Stresses On California Insurers

April Ehrlich/JPR News
What was a home, in the Carr Fire burn area.

Far too many people had to get familiar with the insurance industry in California this year.  Fire destroyed hundreds of homes, many in the Redding area. 

The situation gets worse as the climate changes and the fire "season" goes year-round.  So California's Insurance Commissioner ordered a report on the financial stresses on the insurance system, which is forced to pay out billions of dollars for people who lost property to fire and other disasters. 

The report--appropriately called "Trial By Fire"--came out in September.  Commissioner Dave Jones joins us with details of the findings.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.