Insurers not writing Salem-area homeowner policies

Craig Harris, Salem Statesman Journal
Published 9:12 p.m. MT Sept. 11, 2020

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Bill Nichols, operations section chief, provides a update on the Beachie Creek Fire for Friday, Sept. 11.

Salem Statesman Journal

Several insurance companies on Friday put a moratorium on new homeowner policies for Salem-area buyers as wildfires continued to char large swaths of the state.

The temporary suspension postponed some buyers from getting into their homes. An industry advocacy group advised consumers to shop for a new insurance agency because the halting of new policies could run into next week as fires remain uncontained.

No agency has canceled policies across the state, according to the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation. Insurance companies are allowed to temporarily suspend the writing of policies on a case-by-case basis during a wildfire, and insurers would not have to notify the state if that occurs, a spokesman said.

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