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Regulators in California Hit PG&E with $8.3M Fine for Deadly Wildfire

Regulators say they have fined Pacific Gas and Electric Co. $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. The California Public Utilities Commission …

Feds Will Use Fires to Lower Washington Wildfire Risks

To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times reported the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is …

Average to Below-Average Wildfire Season Expected for Colorado

Colorado is in store for an average to slightly below-average wildfire season this year, despite dry conditions and early outbreaks on the eastern plains, officials said. “But the fires will occur,” said Michael Morgan, the director of state Division of …

Flooding and Damaging Wind Were Most Destructive Natural Hazards in 2016

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. Annual Summary from CoreLogic Details 2016 Natural Hazard Events CoreLogic® analyzes and evaluates the number and severity of natural hazard events that occurred across the U.S. annually in its Natural …

1.8 Million Western U.S. Homes at Extreme or High Wildfire Risk, Report Shows

Things haven’t gone as bad as they could have so far in 2016 coming off last year’s record-setting wildfire season in the Western U.S., according to a report out today detailing wildfire risks to properties in the Western U.S. The author of …

Minor Flooding Follows Downpour in Nevada Wildfire Area

Fears of flooding are dissipating after rainfall helped quell a wind-whipped wildfire in Northern Nevada that destroyed 22 homes and 17 other structures in the Washoe Valley north of Carson City. Sierra Front Fire Management spokesman Mark Struble said that …

Study: Climate Change Has Doubled Western U.S. Forest Fires

A new study says that human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the U.S. West over the last 30 years. Since 1984 heightened temperatures and resulting aridity have caused fires to spread across an additional …

Fire Season in Wyoming’s Yellowstone Seen as One of Worst in Decades

The wildfire season this summer in Yellowstone, Wyo. is being called the worst in decades. A larger percentage of Yellowstone National Park burned this summer than in any year since 1988. The wildfire season of 2003 was also one of …

Arizona Court Considers Allowing Homeowners Lawsuit over Yarnell Fire

Attorneys for Yarnell residents who lost their homes in the deadly 2013 Arizona wildfire are asking the Court of Appeals to allow their clients to sue the state. KJZZ-FM reported that previously homeowners sued the state Forestry Division, but a …

California Wildfire Now Costliest in U.S. History to Fight at $200M

A wildfire burning for nearly two months on California’s scenic Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to data released this week. The fire has cost $206.7 million …