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Hundreds Evacuated as Wildfires Rage in Florida Panhandle

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Firefighters in the Florida Panhandle battled wildfires through the night that have forced hundreds of people to evacuate from their homes, authorities said. A more than 575-acre fire in Walton County prompted about 500 people to evacuate. …

Nevada Reaches Tentative Settlement in Wildfire Lawsuit

RENO, Nev. — The state of Nevada has reached a tentative settlement with dozens of homeowners and insurance companies that filed an $80 million negligence lawsuit after a fire destroyed 24 homes when strong winds reignited a smoldering prescribed burn …

Jury Holds Nevada Liable for 2017 Wildfire That Destroyed Homes

A jury has found the Nevada Division of Forestry liable for the loss of 23 homes and 17 other buildings in a 2016 wildfire after strong winds re-ignited a prescribed burn. The verdict Friday set the stage for future court …

South Dakota Ranchers Sue Feds Over 2013 Prescribed Burn That Spread

Fourteen northwestern South Dakota ranchers are suing the U.S. Forest Service for a 2013 prescribed burn that escaped its boundaries and scorched private land. Two lawsuits filed this past week in federal court in Rapid City allege that the Forest …

2012 Lower North Fork Fire Victims to get $18M in Compensation

Victims of a 2012 Colorado wildfire started by the state will receive about $18 million in liability payments with a bill that’s been signed into law. The legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. John Hickenlooper identifies nearly two dozen …

Iowa DNR Admits Prescribed Burn Protocol Wasn’t Followed

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it failed to follow protocol during a prescribed burn that spread and damaged some properties in Benton County. The department says officials failed to contact the National Weather Service about conditions for Benton …