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Wildfire Took Your Home? Don’t Count on Insurance: Viewpoint

Own a home? No doubt you’ve insured it. Very sensible of you. But if that home were, say, burned to the ground, then your insurance company probably wouldn’t cover the cost of rebuilding it. Don’t feel too bad, though. It’s …

Insurers Oppose Premium Tax to Fund Washington’s Wildfire Prevention

Lobbyists for the property and casualty insurance industry are trying to prevent a $125 million increase in Washington state premium taxes that would fund wildfire prevention and suppression. The tax would affect home, auto and business insurance in an action …

Judge Orders PG&E to Hold Dividends to Pay for Efforts to Reduce Wildfire Risks

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge said on Tuesday that PG&E Corp cannot resume dividends and must use the money to reduce wildfire risk in California, stopping short of more costly measures he proposed earlier this year. The new …

Controlled Burn Sparked Fire That Destroyed 36 Florida Homes

A quick-moving wildfire that ravaged a north Florida coastal community and destroyed 36 homes was sparked by a controlled burn conducted by state-hired contractors, authorities said Wednesday. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said an investigation by his office eliminated other possible …

La Nina Contributing to Wildfire Threat in Mid-South, Plains

Conditions are ripe for winter wildfires from the mid-South through the Great Plains thanks to a combination of weather factors, including the climate phenomenon known as La Nina, that have left a lot of dry growth. In addition to the …

Insurance Rates Not Likely to Rise in Utah City After Wildfire

Insurance rates aren’t expected to go up in an Ogden, Utah, neighborhood where a wildfire destroyed three homes and caused the evacuations of hundreds. But authorities are warning the residents to be on high alert for landslides because the land …

Wildfire Claims Complexity Driving Innovation in Loss Adjusting

Greater complexity in insured losses from forest fires is leading to increasing innovation in loss adjusting, according to Cunningham Lindsey’s 2017 Major and Complex Loss Review. The annual report highlights many examples where increasingly complex losses have led to new …

Dry Conditions in Kansas’ Spur Wildfire Concerns

Fire officials worry this year’s potential for an outbreak in Kansas could be worse than last year, when the state saw its biggest known wildfire. As a volunteer fire department chief based out of Marquette, Jim Unruh helped fight last …

Evolving Wildfires Force Forest Service to Rethink Response

When a forest fire threatens your house and you have minutes to run, do you know what you plan to grab besides your family? The photo albums? Computer hard drive? Tax records? Gun collection? Clean underwear? The U.S. Forest Service …

Fuel Breaks Proposed in 3 States to Limit Rangeland Wildfires

A proposed fuel break system in southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northern Nevada will limit the size of destructive rangeland wildfires and protect habitat for sage grouse, say officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The agency on Tuesday …