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California Water Utilities Seek Relief from Fire Lawsuits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Facing more wildfires and the lawsuits that come with them, a group of public and private California water systems want lawmakers to shield them from having to pay damages caused by fires they did not start but …

Investigators Pin Thomas Fire on Southern California Power Lines

One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday. The resulting arc ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, starting the blaze in …

Utility Says its Equipment Helped Spark Thomas Fire in California

Southern California Edison said Tuesday its equipment likely sparked one of two ignition points for the massive wildfire that tore through California’s central coast last year. Witnesses reported flames near the company’s power poles in Ventura County last December and …

Losses From Southern California Fire Could Reach $2.5B, Expert Says

Losses from the Thomas Fire in Southern California are expected to fall between $1 billion and $2.5 billion, a catastrophe modeling firm said on Tuesday. The Thomas Fire, which raged across Southern California’s Ventura and Santa Barbara counties throughout most …

California’s Latest Wildfire Now Ranks as State’s Third Largest

The massive wildfire that California has been battling since early December has now ballooned into the third-largest in the state’s history, burning a record amount of acreage, officials said Saturday. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said the …

Winds Persist as Wildfires Continue to Threaten Homes in California

The winds aren’t changing for Southern California’s wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to …