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Travelers Bulks Up Wildfire Protection After Deadly 2018 Blazes

Travelers Cos. is strengthening its wildfire-defense efforts after deadly blazes swept through California last year. The insurer is adding a service to all of its California home and landlord policies, helping customers prepare their property for a fire by different …

Brush Fire Evacuation Closes 2 Southern Calif. Amusement Parks

LOS ANGELES — A brush fire raging along a Southern California riverbed prompted the evacuation of two nearby amusement parks on Sunday, but no homes were threatened and no serious injuries were reported, authorities said. The blaze erupted at about …

PG&E’s Power Suppliers Lose Contract Fight in Bankruptcy Court

The power generators that supply bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. were dealt a major blow as a judge ruled that federal regulators can’t keep their supply contracts from getting killed. Power giants including NextEra Energy Inc. and Exelon Corp. had …

Oil in Alberta Jumps Most This Year as Fires Shut Output

Canadian heavy oil in Alberta surged the most since December after wildfires forced a second producer in the region to shut in some operations. On Thursday, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. removed all 240 people working at its Pelican Lake and …

Senate Passes $19.1 Billion Relief Package for Natural Disasters

The Senate passed a $19.1 billion disaster-aid plan Thursday for areas hit by hurricanes, Midwest floods and California wildfires after lawmakers resolved months of disagreement over funds for Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump said he supports the bill. The 85-8 …

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 …

Tahoe Residents Oppose New Homes in Path of Wildfire Danger

About the photo: The smoldering remains of a home destroyed by the fast-moving wildfire are seen south of Gardnerville, Nev., May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Tim Dunn) RENO, Nevada — During her career as a flight attendant, Laura …

The Folly of Returning to Paradise, California: Viewpoint

Paradise, California, is being rebuilt. Crews are removing millions of tons of debris left by the devastating Camp Fire last fall. The town council is holding public meetings to plan a new community. Developers are designing new homes. And somewhere …

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 …