SANTA CLARITA (CNS) – Residents forced from their homes due to the Sand Fire could be eligible for reimbursement of evacuation- and recovery-related costs through their homeowner or renter’s insurance policies, state Department of Insurance officials said today.

According to the department, insurance policies likely include “additional living expense,” or ALE, coverage, which offers cost- reimbursements even if a home is not damaged by fire or smoke.

The coverage generally includes food and temporary housing, furniture rental, storage and transportation expenses. Policyholders will have to provide documentation, so state officials urged residents to save all bills and receipts associated with the evacuation.

Homeowners and renters were encouraged to contact their insurers to see if they are covered.