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Average to Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected for Colorado

Firefighters said Tuesday they expect another average or below-average wildfire season in Colorado in 2016, the third mild year in a row. “That’s always good news,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said after announcing the outlook. But even an average year can …

Rural Utah Fire Departments Grind to Keep Up Daytime Manpower

Fire chiefs in rural Cache Valley say when someone calls 911, they always manage to send a team to help, but the harsh reality is they don’t have enough volunteers to handle daytime calls. “It’s a tough time to scare …

RIMS 2016: Star Trek Tools, Workers Comp’s Future Help Draw Biggest Crowd in 13 Years

Workers’ compensation, geopolitical risks, recalls, disaster response, the captive industry and cyber security were among the topics of sessions held throughout the final day of the annual RIMS conference for risk management and insurance professionals in San Diego, Calif. The …

Oregon Considers Renewal of Lloyd’s Wildfire Insurance Policy

Oregon is considering another year of insurance coverage to help pay for catastrophic wildfire seasons. British insurance giant Lloyd’s is offering the state another year of coverage despite three consecutive years of expensive, drought-fueled wildfires. The policy could protect the …

Insurance Department Tally on California Wildfires $1B

Damage from two destructive Northern California wildfires that killed six and sent thousands fleeing their homes topped $1 billion in insured losses, according to a preliminary estimate by the state’s insurance department. The two fires started days apart in September, …

California Commissioner Orders Changes to FAIR Plan

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued an order directing the California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements Plan to make several changes in the wake of last year’s severe fire season. The order includes enhanced coverage options, it eliminates the requirement …

California Fire Safety Rule Citations Lag During Severe Drought

Amid the most destructive wildfire season in more than a decade, California’s firefighting agency amped up its warnings to thousands of property owners who weren’t doing enough to protect their homes by clearing brush and other flammable materials. But it …

California Wildfire Contained, Now Comes Worries About Landslides

As firefighters mopped up the remains of a wildfire on the Southern California coast, authorities turned their focus to a new concern: a landslide if rain pounds the charred hills. In a heavy rain, the denuded soil could threaten nearby …

At Least $243M for Cleanup From 2 Massive California Fires

Cleaning up from two destructive Northern California wildfires this fall will cost at least $243 million, far exceeding the cost for other recent blazes, state officials estimated as they transferred more money from the state’s rainy day fund to help …

Fire-Damaged Oregon Forests Vulnerable to Landslides: Scientists

Scientists say the fire-damaged forests are more susceptible to landslides, and another week of rain and snow could heighten that risk for eastern Oregon. The East Oregonian reported that wildfires have stripped away water-soaking vegetation in areas like Canyon Creek, …