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Insurance Companies Hired Private Firefighters For California Wildfires


FIREFIGHTERS PROTECTING. THEY ARE HIRED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO PREPARE THE PROPERTY FOR THE POTENTIAL OF THE FIRE. CAL FIRE SAYS WHILE THE COMPANIES CAN CERTAINLY HELP THEY CAN NOT ACTUALLY FIGHT THE FIRES. CBS 13 IS LIVE IN DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO GETTING ANSWERS ON WHAT THEY CAN AND CAN NOT DO, JEN? Reporter: ACCORDING TO CAL FIRE THEY SAY THESE COMPANIES CAN CLEAR DEFENSIBLE SPACE BUT THEY CAN NOT PICK UP A HOSE AND FIGHT THESE FIRES. THERE ARE REGULATIONS. THE WINDS WERE BLOWING SO HARD, THIS FIRE WAS MOVING LIKE A BLOWTORCH. YOU COULD NOT STOP IT. Reporter: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES BLEW THROUGH OVERNIGHT. SOME HAD ONLY SECONDS TO FLEE WHILE OTHERS HAD WARNING. AN EXTRA HELP THANKS TO WILDFIRE INSURANCE. ACCORDING TO CAL FIRE IT IS NOT QUITE WHAT YOU MAY THINK. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO FIGHT THAT FIGHT. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO FIGHT THE FIRE. Reporter: CAL FIRE DEPUTY CHIEF SAYS THAT THESE PRIVATE COMPANIES ARE HIRED BY INSURANCE AGENCIES AND MUST ARRIVE BEFORE MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE IN PLACE. THESE GROUPS CLEAR AWAY FLAMMABLES SUCH AS BRUSH AND PATIO FURNITURE AND OCCASIONALLY USE FIRE-RETARDANT AROUND THE HOMES. THEY ARE HIRED TO PROTECT THE PROPERTY. SOME MAY HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE THE 11,000 FIREFIGHTERS DEPLOYED DURING THESE FIRES, HOWEVER, FOUGHT FOR EVERY HOME EQUALLY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DISCRIMINATE WHAT YOUR CASTLE IS VS THIS CASTLE OR THIS HOME VS THIS HOME. Reporter: NEARLY 9,000 STRUCTURES BURNED TO THE GROUND ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DURING THE OCTOBER WIND-DRIVEN ENFERNO. IT KILLED 43 PEOPLE. YOUR BEST DEFENSE AGAINST WILDFIRES IS PREPARATION, FOR THOSE THAT CAN AFFORD IT PRIVATE FIREFIGHTERS CAN BE A HELP. HOMEOWNER, THE PUBLIC, THEY NEED TO BE PREPARED. Reporter: CAL FIRE SAYS THEY HAVE 250,000 DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS EARLY NEXT YEAR. TO FIND OUT MORE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR HOME HEAD TO OUR WEB SITE AND

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