Wildfire Risk Raises New Mexico Home Insurance Rates | Forest fires

All the smoke and fire year after year contributes to New Mexico having the 13th highest home insurance rates in the nation, a new study by QuoteWizard shows.

The other 12 are all in Tornado Alley, or main hurricane territory.

“This is directly related to forest fires [in New Mexico]” said Nick VinZant, senior analyst at QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison platform.

Jerry Gomez carries a window Friday to the home he is building on the lot where his old home in Rosiada used to be.


Berta Salazar of Santa Fe poses for a portrait outside her home on Friday. With higher insurance rates and higher gas prices, Salazar can’t afford to drive her truck, and it’s now parked outside her home.

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