Fire risk raises home insurance rates NM | Wildfires

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

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

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

Jerry Gomez holds up a window Friday at the house he is building on the lot where his old home once stood in Rociada.


Bertha Salazar of Santa Fe poses for a portrait in front of her home Friday. With higher insurance rates and higher fuel prices, Salazar can’t afford to drive her truck and it’s now parked in front of her house.

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