Last Updated: 11/12/18

Multiple deadly wildfires are raging throughout California, burning more than 100,000 acres of land and evacuating hundreds of thousands of people from the region. Several people have died trying to escape the fires.

Many travel insurance policies have coverage for natural disasters, including wildfires. The California Wildfires and Travel Insurance Information Center explains coverage for the fires. This resource is regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts with official provider position statements, answers to frequently asked questions, and more. Information is subject to change at any time.

Questions? Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts are on hand to answer your questions about coverage for the fires. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

Multiple fires, including the most destructive in the state's history, are burning throughout California.

If you are currently in California and affected by the wildfires, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

You may be able to cancel your upcoming trip to California, or return home early, if you meet your policy's requirements.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • Travel Insurance Coverage for California Wildfires Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. November 13, 2018 — California’s catastrophic wildfires are threatening the homes of over 13 million residents and forcing evacuations in major metropolitan areas. With high winds expected to worsen the fires this week, travelers may be concerned about upcoming trips, especially with the Thanksgiving holiday just a week away. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains 3 ways travel insurance can help travelers impacted by the fires.

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  • 3 Things You Don’t Know About Travel Insurance Coverage for Wildfires But Should

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. August 9, 2018 - This summer, wildfires have burned out of control in California and Greece. Leading travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth, says whether your home or travel destination is in the fire’s path, travel insurance may be able to help. But before buying a policy, here are 3 things travelers don’t know about coverage for wildfires, but should.

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  • What if the California Wildfires Cancel My Trip? Squaremouth Explains What Travel Insurance Covers

    ST. PETERSBURG FL October 10, 2017 — Wildfires in California are threatening homes and popular tourist destinations, including Disneyland and Napa Valley. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers the top 3 travel insurance questions from travelers with trips affected by the fires.

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