wildfire News

Michigan Man Killed by Baby Shower Cannon Was Near Explosion

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who was fatally injured when a cannon exploded in a backyard during a baby shower was within 15 feet of the device when the blast occurred, police said. Evan Thomas Silva, 26, …

59 Homes Lost, More Threatened in Australian Wildfire

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 59 homes and was threatening more Tuesday, with many residents across the region told it is too late to …

Utility to Pay $2B Settlement in Deadly 2018 California Fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison will pay $2.2 billion to settle insurance claims from a deadly, destructive wildfire sparked by its equipment in 2018, the utility announced Monday. Edison, which acknowledged no wrongdoing, said the agreement covers all …

Fierce California Winds Fan Fires, Topple Trees and Trucks

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Months-old embers from a deadly California fire were blown back to life Tuesday by powerful winds that raked the state and prompted safety blackouts to tens of thousands of people. Firefighters chased wind-driven blazes up …

Fire Official: Arcing Power Lines Caused Big Reno Brush Fire

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Satellite imagery and surveillance video from a casino roof 5 miles (8 kilometers) away helped pinpoint arcing power lines in gale force winds as the cause of a November brush fire that destroyed five Reno homes …

Study: Wildfires Produced Up to Half of Pollution in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as …

Lands Chief Again Proposes Dedicated Funds to Fight Wildfire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — After yet another year of catastrophic wildfires in Washington state, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is once again proposing that the state create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight the fires. A similar attempt …

Waterfront Homes Evacuated Due To Landslide in Wash. State

LOFALL, Wash. (AP) — Eight waterfront homes along Hood Canal in Washington have been evacuated due to a fire and a landslide that has destabilized the hillside and pushed trees into at least one home, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded …

Analysts Say Cat Models Would Encourage Wildfire Mitigation Measures

Predictive modelers told California regulators on Thursday that the state’s antiquated rules for calculating wildfire risk when setting property insurance rates discourage innovative mitigation measures that could ultimately reduce losses. Nancy P. Watkins, a principal and consulting actuary for Milliman, …

California Utility Cuts Power as Strong Winds Pummel State

Southern California residents are starting off the week in the dark as near-hurricane-force winds batter the state, whipping the flames of two wildfires and raising the risk of new ones. Edison International began shutting power in parts of Los Angeles …