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California’s Fire ‘Bailout’ for PG&E, Edison Clears Hurdle

Utility giants PG&E Corp. and Edison International are one step closer to getting California’s help in covering the costs of increasingly catastrophic wildfires that their equipment keeps igniting. The state Senate passed a bill late Monday that would create a …

California Governor Seeks Aid as Twin Wildfires Grow, 9,000 Buildings at Risk

Twin wildfires fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather have continued to grow in Northern California. California fire officials said Monday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 30 percent contained and …

Decades Old Fire Lookouts Remain Crucial in Spotting Wildfires

Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their …

Utah Wildfire Grows as 2 California Blazes Spread

The nation’s largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. Firefighters battled high winds as they fought a fire that …

Arizona Blazes Grow as 2017 Wildfire Season Peaks

Multiple wildfires have prompted evacuations in southern Arizona and a highway closure in northern Arizona as the state heads into peak wildfire season. Rising temperatures, dry vegetation and lighting continue to spark fires throughout the state. Tiffany Davila, a spokeswoman …

Above Average Wildfire Risk Expected for Southwest, Florida

Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said Monday. The summer 2017 fire outlook issued by the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise …

Lookout Towers Aid Firefighters During Fire Season

For 13 years, Charlie Womer climbed to the top of Mehoopany fire lookout tower in Wyoming County to watch over miles of countryside. The tower went up in 1923. Womer was born four years later. Fire season is changing for …

Aon: California Wildfire Claims Reach $1B as Peak Season Begins

The U.S. economy has sustained $2 billion in wildfire losses – the highest in eight years, according to the latest edition of Impact Forecasting’s Global Catastrophe Recap monthly report. The report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events …

California’s Continuous Fire Season Exhausts Firefighters

The damage from California’s fast-spreading wildfires is usually expressed in acres destroyed, homes razed or people killed. But for the firefighters, a mental and physical toll is mounting just as fast. Currently in the fourth year of a devastating drought, …

Climate Change Leading to Longer Wildfire Season

When it comes to forest fires, the weather matters. Over a 35-year period, the length of forest fire seasons worldwide increased by 18.7 percent due to more rain-free days and hotter temperatures, according to South Dakota State University professor Mark …