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PG&E Opens New California Wildfire Safety Operations Center

In preparation for the 2018 wildfire season, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) opened its new Wildfire Safety Operations Center. The center, which will be staffed 24/7, will monitor potential fire threats across PG&E’s service area in real time and …

Tennessee Wildfires Caused an Estimated $500M in Damage

Deadly wildfires caused more than $500 million in damage as they tore through a Tennessee tourism community in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and killed 14 people, local officials estimated Tuesday. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters put a …

Insurers, People Rarely Pay When Washington Bills for Negligence-Caused Wildfires

Washington regularly bills people who are deemed to have negligently started wildfires, but the state isn’t always successful at collecting. The state Department of Natural Resources spent about $45 million fighting 44 of the most recent fires caused by negligence, …

Despite Wildfire Danger California Residents Refuse to Evacuate

A wildfire quickly turned into an inferno and within hours had ravaged pine forests near the California ski town of Wrightwood – but only half of its more than 4,500 residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders. Officials say it was another …

California Fire Damage Teams Assess Wildfire Damage

In the aftermath of a wildfire, somebody has to figure out exactly what burned. It’s painstaking and important work that helps evacuated residents know if they lost everything or have something waiting for them when they return home. Officials estimate …

Rebuilding Aids Canada Town Scorched by Wildfires

After shuttering his lumber mill for nearly a month when it was surrounded by raging fires in northern Alberta, Northland Forest Products Ltd. President Howard Ewashko sees a silver lining: a pickup in business from rebuilding what was lost. “It …

Alberta Fires Worse on Canada Economy Than Katrina Was for U.S.

Intact Financial Corp. may post insured losses of as much as C$1.1 billion ($850 million) from the wildfires in Alberta, which could dent the Canadian economy harder than Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Intact, Canada’s biggest property and casualty insurer, …

Biggest Kansas Wildfire Ever Being Fought With Black Hawk Helicopters

Firefighters trying to snuff out the biggest wildfire in Kansas history are getting help from military helicopters – and a potential assist from looming rain or snow. Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Kansas National Guard were deployed Saturday …

CoreLogic: More Than 900 Homes at Risk From California Rocky Wildfire

According to CoreLogic hazard risk analysis, a total of 927 homes, or 23 percent, with a total reconstruction cost of more than $221 million are at “Maximum Risk” or “Moderately High Risk” from the Rocky Wildfire occurring in the following …

Texas Officials to Survey Wildfire Toll

Teams of emergency officials will comb a 4-square-mile area of the Texas Panhandle to assess the damage from a wildfire and search for potential victims. Texas A&M Forest Service spokesman Troy Duchneaux says the crews began a door-to-door search Tuesday …