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California Bill Bars Insurers From Declining Fire Coverage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Amid mounting cries of California homeowners being denied wildfire insurance in high-risk areas, lawmakers want to require insurance companies to cover all existing homes, as long as they meet new safety standards. The measure, coming after years …

PG&E Judge Says Bankrupt Utility Violated Probation Terms

The federal judge overseeing PG&E Corp.’s criminal probation lashed out at the company for falling “far behind” on fire safety progress as he considers whether to make the bankrupt California utility owner hire more tree trimmers and restrict how it …

PG&E Power Line Hooks Found Wrapped in Tape, Fire Victims Say

A recent inspection of a PG&E Corp. transmission line uncovered equipment issues similar to those cited as the cause of the deadliest fire in California history, according to lawyers for wildfire victims. During a December inspection, an expert for the …

Australia’s Capital City Faces Its Worst Wildfire Threat in 17 Years

Canberra, Australia’s capital that’s surrounded by bush, is facing its worst wildfire threat in 17 years as a blaze sparked by a military helicopter approaches the city amid heatwave conditions. Residents in Canberra’s southern suburbs should be vigilant after the …

FEMA Defends $4 Billion Claim With PG&E as Fire Victims Cry Foul

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday defended its push to collect $3.9 billion in claims from PG&E Corp. for the relief it provided after the utility’s power lines sparked devastating wildfires. Wildfire victims have been fighting the payments to …

Insurance Plan Fights Overhaul Aimed at Wildfire Areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California homeowners in wildfire-prone areas struggle to find insurance, a lawsuit filed Friday will test the state’s authority to help them. California’s insurance industry pays into a fund that sells coverage to people who can’t buy …

PG&E Could Have Prevented Deadly California Fire, State Says

Bankrupt utility giant PG&E Corp. for years failed to properly inspect and maintain its transmission system — an oversight that led a live wire to fall and ignite the deadliest blaze in California history last year, state investigators said. A …

Wildfire Burning in California Mountains Grows

GOLETA, Calif. — A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames would be doused, authorities said. The fire …

Rich Californians Shell Out $30,000 to Avoid Blackout Pain

Ebony Lopez’s electric company in Napa wine country used to get a handful of inquiries a week from people asking about generators. After PG&E Corp. shut power to millions of Californians last month, it’s more like 10 to 15 calls …

California’s Wildfire Crisis Is Roiling Its Insurance Market

Lauris Bye, a homebuilding industry veteran who moved to Southern California’s wildfire-prone hills decades ago, felt confident about the newly built house he was buying about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. It had safety features tucked into the …