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Moose on the Loose! Half-Ton Visitors Crash Colorado Resorts

Colorado’s moose population has boomed over the past few decades and that’s led to surprise encounters between human and beast in mountain resort towns, including house crashing. This year in Breckenridge, the sound of breaking glass prompted residents to call …

California Faces to Deter Disaster as Towns Face Fire Risk

SACRAMENTO, California — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next …

Washington State Considers Raising Insurance Tax to Help Fight Wildfires

With an increasing number of forest fires scorching portions of Washington each year, the Legislature is considering a proposal to create a fund dedicated to preventing and battling wildfires. In March, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and state Senate …

PG&E Caps Best Day Since Going Bankrupt on a California Fire Fix

Utility giant PG&E Corp. capped its best day since going bankrupt in January thanks to California’s governor. Gavin Newsom called on lawmakers on Friday to find a way to help the state’s utilities cover the costs of devastating wildfires — …

Claims Examiner’s Scam Allegedly Cost California Health Care Provider $7 Million

A former senior claims examiner for the Kaiser Permanente health plan in California was booked into jail last week on a mail fraud charge stemming from $7 million in invoices that he approved from five private investigation firms. Federal prosecutors …

Fire-Resistant Upgrades Could Be a Game-Changer in Wildfires

About the photo: The sun rises through a cloud of smoke after a wildfire swept through the area in Sonoma County on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. /The Sacramento Bee via AP) PARADISE, Calif.– …

Efforts to Clear Fire-prone California Forests Face Hurdles

About the photo: A firefighter works to battle the Carr Fire at a home in Redding, Calif., Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP) CHICO, Calif. — With nearly 40 million people living in California and development …

Insurers Oppose Premium Tax to Fund Washington’s Wildfire Prevention

Lobbyists for the property and casualty insurance industry are trying to prevent a $125 million increase in Washington state premium taxes that would fund wildfire prevention and suppression. The tax would affect home, auto and business insurance in an action …

Yabba Dabba Don’t: California Town Rejects Flintstones House

About the photo: This photo taken Monday shows an aerial view of the Flintstone House in Hillsborough, Calif. The San Francisco Bay Area suburb is suing the owner of the house, saying that she installed dangerous steps, dinosaurs and other …

California Lawmakers Eyeing Catastrophic Wildfire Fund

Creation of a catastrophic wildfire risk pool is emerging as the most likely option as California lawmakers seek to protect the solvency of investor-owned utilities from record payouts for fire damages. PG&E filed for a bankruptcy reorganization this year, saying …

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