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State bans cancellation of home fire insurance around Santa Barbara County's Alisal wildfire burn zone

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Mike Eliason
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Santa Barbara County Fire Department
An air tanker drops fire retardant on the October 2021 Alisal wildfire.

One year ban includes the Santa Ynez Valley, Gaviota, Goleta, Isla Vista, and parts of Santa Barbara.

Some Central and South Coasts homeowners are getting assurances that at least for now, their wildfire insurance won’t be cancelled.

The state issued an order banning insurance companies from cancelling wildfire coverage in areas in, and around Santa Barbara County’s Alisal brush fire burn scar. The October 2021 fire charred more than 17,000 acres of land, and destroyed a dozen homes.

This week, State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a temporary ban on insurance companies cancelling wildfire coverage in, and around the burn zone.

The action means companies can’t cancel residential coverage for the next year in more than a half dozen zip codes. It includes Solvang, Los Olivos, Lompoc, Goleta, Isla Vista, and parts of Santa Barbara.

The ban runs through July 1 2023.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.