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Deadly and destructive wildfires have destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses across the globe in 2018.

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California wildfire Daniel Brown uses a chat app with his mother while surveying damage to his home after a fire tore through his neighborhood in Lower Lake, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. People forced to flee a massive wildfire in mountains north of San Francisco heaped anger on a man who authorities believe set the blaze that wiped out several blocks of a small town. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones revealed that insurers have received nearly 45,000 insurance claims totaling more than $11.79 billion in losses after a spell of wildfires affected California in the last three months of 2017.

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