California wildfire News

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 …

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 …

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 …

Watchdog Says FEMA Wrongly Released Survivors’ Personal Information

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The …

Prosecutors Decline to File Criminal Charges against PG&E for Wine Country Fires

An investigation into fierce wildfires that swept Northern California’s wine country in 2017, killing 46 people, found no basis to criminally charge PG&E, the utility whose power lines helped spark the conflagration, prosecutors said on Monday. The decision, which leaves …

Wildfire Debris Removal Halted Due to Unstable Rain-Saturated Slopes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State officials have halted debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire because of rain-saturated, unstable slopes. Work crews and truck drivers removing debris in Paradise have been idled at least until March 19, …

PG&E Filings Show Key Power Line Safety Fix Delayed

Shares of PG&E Corp. fell about 3 percent after federal filings showed that the power utility had delayed a safety overhaul of a high-voltage transmission line, a prime suspect behind the deadliest wildfire in California history. The company filed for …

California May Seek Insurance Policy to Help Cover Wildfire Costs

California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers’ costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more destructive blazes, two state officials said. The most populous state should follow the lead …

Discovery of Outdoor Stove at Deadly 2017 Wildfire Site Could Impact Liability

PG&E Corp. said a camp stove was found near one of two spots where California officials have indicated utility equipment caused a deadly 2017 wildfire, raising the possibility that campers may have contributed to the blaze. California’s largest utility owner …

Out of State Lawyers Launch Marketing Blitz to Represent Camp Fire Victims

In a conference room 13 miles from Paradise, California, Doug Boxer explains to survivors of the state’s worst wildfire why they should choose his law firm to sue PG&E Corp. He walks a fine line between listening to victims coping …