State Insurance Commissioner: Important information for Montanans affected by wildfires

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By: Angela Marshall

Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Matt Rosendale is reminding Montanans who have been affected by or are at risk of wildfires to be aware of insurance best practices during disasters.

“The Lodgepole Fire Complex is devastating people in Eastern Montana and other fires continue to grow around the state,” Rosendale said. “For those who have lost homes or property, our agency is ready to assist with any insurance issues once the immediate danger has passed and it’s time to begin the rebuilding process. Make sure to take photos of damage before it’s cleaned up, and keep receipts of all costs associated with any evacuations.”

For Montanans who are at risk of wildfires, a free checklist is available to take inventory of possessions that could be damaged or lost during a fire.

Paper inventories should be stored in a fireproof safe, and Rosendale recommends keeping a digital backup in the cloud in case physical records are destroyed.

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