Wisconsin Court Limits Wildfire Payout

The fire consumed about 7,442 acres

 

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is limiting an insurance company’s payout in a massive northwestern Wisconsin wildfire.

Logging equipment owned by Ray Duerr Logging LLC sparked the Germann Road Fire in Douglas County in May 2013. The fire consumed about 7,442 acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens to evacuate.

Secura Insurance insured Duerr at the time of the fire. The policy contained a $2 million aggregate limit as well as a $500,000 per-occurrence limit for damages due to fire arising from logging.

A state appeals court ruled the $2 million limit applied, finding there was an occurrence each time the fire spread to a new piece of property.

See also  California Wildfire Insurance Claims Top $3.3 Billion

The Supreme Court overturned that ruling Monday, finding the fire was a single occurrence and the $500,000 limit applies.

All contents © copyright 2018 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Topics

The fire consumed about 7,442 acres     MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is limiting an insurance company’s payout in a massive northwestern Wisconsin wildfire. Logging equipment owned by Ray Duerr Logging LLC sparked the Germann Road Fire in Douglas County in May 2013. The fire consumed about 7,442 acres, destroyed 17 […]

Get The Wildland Firefighter Newsletter

Related Articles

Wildland Firefighter Killed by Falling Tree in OR Big Swamp Fire

Wildland Firefighter Killed by Falling Tree in OR Big Swamp Fire

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) — A firefighter who was hit by a falling tree while battling a wildfire near Oakridge, Oregon has died of his injuries, authorities said Thursday. Collin Hagan, who was with the Craig Interagency Hot Shots from Colorado, died Wednesday of injuries...