California insurance dept estimates nearly $12 billion in wildfires claims
Thomas wildfire burns above Bella Vista Drive near Romero Canyon in this social media photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department in Montecito, California, U.S. December 12, 2017. Courtesy Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Handout via REUTERS

Insurers have received nearly 45,000 insurance claims of about $11.79 billion in losses from the wildfires that occurred in California in October and December, the California Department of Insurance said on Wednesday.

The wildfires had damaged or destroyed more than 32,000 homes and over 8,200 vehicles, watercraft, farm vehicles and other equipment, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said in a statement.

(Reporting by Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru)