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Washington Saw 567 Square Miles Burned by Wildfires

Wildfires this summer in Washington have burned about 567 square miles. Last year wildfires burned about 156 square miles in the state. State Forester Aaron Everett says this year’s scorched acreage is about six times the five-year average of 95 …

Crestbrook Insurance Expands into Oregon, Washington

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, is expanding into Oregon and Washington. Independent insurance agents and brokers appointed with Crestbrook in both states are now able to offer the property/casualty carrier’s products and services to …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Fire-afflicted Washington Declared Disaster by President

Federal disaster aid has been made available to Washington to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by wildfires from July 9 to Aug. 5, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced. The Presidential action makes federal …

Wildfires Burn Structures, Threaten Homes In California, Oregon, Washington

Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were bearing down on a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning …

Washington Girl Gets $1.2M Settlement Over School Shooting

The family of a girl who was critically wounded two years ago when a gun went off inside a classmate’s backpack at her Washington state elementary school agreed Friday to a $1.2 million legal settlement. The Bremerton School District is …

Cost Of Fighting Washington Wildfires So Far: $50 Million

The cost of fighting this season’s wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state’s history, has crossed the $50 million mark. Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year’s wildfire season has been widespread, with …

Allstate Seeks Agents in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii

Allstate Insurance Co. plans to add several local agency owners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii in 2014. Allstate’s plan is to recruit 51 new exclusive agents, 13 financial specialists and the company expects agency owners will be looking to add 102 sales producers. “Allstate is …

Workers Recover Personal Items From Washington Mudslide

Workers sifting through debris at the Oso mudslide in Washington are finding about 50 personal items a day. The Daily Herald reported they include books, photos, guns, computers and cameras. Some of the items belonged to the 43 people who …

Rains Good, Lightning Bad for Biggest Wildfire in Washington History

People afflicted by the massive Carlton Complex fires in north-central Washington may get some relief tonight and over the next few days in the form of wetter, cooler weather. But then again the system moving in may bring lighting, which …