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California Wildfires Threaten Significant Losses for P/C Insurers, Moody’s Says

Moody’s released a report on Monday assessing the impact of the wildfires in California on property/casualty insurers. “Based on history and the number of structures damaged, insured losses will run into the billions of dollars, a credit negative,” the report …

Drought-Ending Rain Built up Fuel to Feed Deadly California Fires

There’s a dark side to the torrent of precipitation that ended California’s long drought earlier this year: Rain and snow pumped life back into bushes, shrubs and grasses and created ideal fuel for infernos. They’ve been raging since Sunday in …

Northern California Wildfires Burn Wine Country Homes, Force Evacuations

Firefighters battled roughly 10 wind-whipped fires across Northern California’s wine country early Monday, triggering a rush by residents to flee the area. Mandatory evacuations were ordered after blazes broke out late Sunday across four counties as strong winds buffeted the …

Firefighters Douse Hot Spots in California Blaze

Fire crews with support from a fleet of aircraft have continued to douse hot spots of a wildfire that burned up to canyon homes in Southern California. Orange County Fire Capt. Steve Concialdi says there are no more open flames …

Rain and Snow Help Montana Wildfires But Won’t End Season

Rain snow and cold have replaced heat and smoke after about two dry months on Montana’s fire lines, leaving crews scrambling for extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear. While the change in weather is welcome, it brings its …

Fire Management Assistance Granted for California’s Pier Fire

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to assist California in fighting the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County. The state submitted a request for a fire management assistance for the Pier Fire on Sept. …

Western U.S. Wildfires Force Evacuations of Thousands

Wildfires forced thousands to flee their homes across the U.S. West during a sweltering, smoke-shrouded holiday weekend of record heat. The fires caused evacuations in Glacier National Park in Montana and many other parts of the West; compelled crews to …

Wildfire in Yosemite National Park Grows, Evacuations Remain in California Town

Weather conditions have halped crews batttle a blaze in Yosemite National Park that has forced the evacuation of the tiny California community of Wawona. The blaze is now 3,820 acres and is now 17 percent contained. Singh said thunderstorms forecast …

Evacuations Ordered for Hundreds of Residents in California, Oregon

Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the eclipse. About 600 residents were told to leave the tourist town of Sisters, Oregon, …

Investigators Say Gunfire Caused Wildfire Near California’s Yosemite

Fire investigators say gunfire caused a wildfire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed 131 structures, including 63 homes, last month. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that a gun fired on public lands caused the wildfire that …