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October's wildfires in northern California will be the costliest ever in the U.S., Fitch Ratings reports. (Photo: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The October wildfires that devastated northern California’s Napa and Sonoma counties are expected to be the costliest wildfire loss in U.S. history, according to Aon Benfield. The latest insured loss estimate is $8 billion, and the overall economic losses are expected to be considerably greater. The impact on insurance company ratings may not be as severe, however.

Danielle Ling

As the Associate Editor of Online Features & Multimedia for PC360, Danielle Ling writes and edits feature articles for both online and print publications. Danielle heads PC360's video department, producing news packages and animated videos for the site. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, prior to this role, Danielle served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ on the show "Push Pause." Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at dling@alm.com

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