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Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B

In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

Grass Fires Burn 2,100 Acres in Oklahoma, Close I-35

Wildfires scorched thousands of acres of land in central Oklahoma on Jan. 18, prompting evacuations, damaging buildings and forcing the closure of busy Interstate 35 in Logan County for more than an hour. Two fires began near Guthrie in the …

Washington Wildfire Claims Prepared for Lawsuit

More than 150 property owners are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources. Brewster attorney Alex Thomason told the Capital Press he is preparing a …

Rain in Drought-Dry California Brings Hopes, Fears

A Pacific storm moved into drought-dry California on Tuesday, bringing hopes for much-needed moisture but fears of mudflows on wildfire-scarred hillsides. Light rain began falling before sunrise, but the heaviest downpours were expected later in the day. Storm watches were …

Scientists in New Mexico Predict Post-Wildfire Erosion Risks

It’s nearly impossible to predict when and where the next major wildfire will be and whether an ill-timed thunderstorm could result in tons of ash and charred debris being washed down the bare mountainsides once the flames are out. But …

California Wildfire Price Tag Exceeds $53M

A huge wildfire in northeast California has run up a firefighting tab in excess of $50 million and become the second priciest blaze in the state this year, officials said. The King Fire east of Sacramento has cost some $53 …

California Wildfire Concerns Include Hotter Temperatures, Erratic Winds

Crews battling a huge Northern California wildfire are bracing for hotter temperatures and erratic winds. Fire spokesman Ryan Lubben says cooler, wet weather that helped firefighters over the weekend were expected to give way today to a weather pattern that could increase …

Explosive Growth From California Wildfire Threatens Homes

An out-of-control wildfire that was threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles, up from …

California Fire’s Rapid Growth Draws Droves of Firefighters

Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the …

100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …