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California Crews Scramble to Douse Blazes From Fireworks

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters scrambled to douse grass and structure fires sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks across California. The city of San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the San Francisco …

Wildfires Burn in California and Arizona, Residents Return After Utah Blaze

NILAND, Calif. — A wind-driven wildfire destroyed homes and forced evacuations as it tore through a rural Southern California desert town near the Salton Sea, authorities said Monday. In the meantime, residents who evacuated because of a wildfire in Utah …

Fireworks Sparked Utah Wildfire; Blaze in Nevada Partially Contained

LEHI, Utah — Fireworks caused a wildfire in Utah that forced out residents of houses and an apartment building early Sunday before crews managed to turn back the blaze as it encroached on a neighborhood, officials said. A suspect was …

Wildfire Burns Near Mount Rushmore Week Before Trump Visit

CUSTER, S.D.– South Dakota is bringing in more resources to fight a wildfire that burned Thursday near Mount Rushmore ahead of next week’s visit to the monument by President Donald Trump for Independence Day celebrations. The fire that started in …

PG&E Says Bankruptcy Court Approves its Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan

PG&E Corp said its Chapter 11 reorganization plan has been confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, bringing the power provider one step closer to emerging from bankruptcy and participate in a state-backed wildfire …

Thousands Fight Wildfires in National Forests Across Arizona

PHOENIX — More than 2,000 firefighters on Saturday battled three major wildfires burning in forested mountains and desert hills in national forests across Arizona. Crews fought fires in the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest overlooking Tucson, in …

Colorado Resort Files Lawsuit Against Railroad for 2018 Fire

DURANGO, Colo. — An insurance company representing a Colorado resort filed a lawsuit against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for damage costs associated with an extended wildfire. Purgatory Resort’s insurance provider submitted the claim shortly before the end …

Some Residents of Queen Valley Evacuated by Growing Wildfire

QUEEN VALLEY, Ariz. — An evacuation order was issued Tuesday for some residents of Queen Valley east of Phoenix as crews continued to battle a lightning-caused wildfire. Tonto National Forest officials said the fire had burned nearly 33 square miles …

PG&E Judge Rejects Bid to Throw Out Victims’ Bankruptcy Vote

The judge overseeing PG&E Corp.’s bankruptcy rejected an effort by dissident fire victims to upend voting on the California utility’s reorganization plan. Judge Dennis Montali said during a hearing Friday that he planned to deny a motion asking to throw …

Zesty.ai Refines Fire Risk Model by Adding IBHS Data on Building Materials

Zesty.ai, a California insurtech start-up, is hoping to fine-tune fire-risk scores that sometimes can make it challenging for homeowners to find coverage. Marketing Director Nick Allain said the company wants to help insurers who might otherwise overlook fire-resistant structures that …