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Southern California City Unveils Mapping Tool for Wildfire Hazards

As fire season ramps up, San Diego County, Calif. has unveiled a new online interactive map that allows residents to search out wildfire dangers in specific areas. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported he digital tool launched this week expands on existing …

Dispensaries Make Offer of Free Cannabis to California Fire Victims

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California are offering up to $200 in free cannabis per patient affected by a hugely destructive wildfire. The Los Angeles Times reported the two companies are offering free products at five dispensaries in San Francisco, …

California Insurance Commissioner Says More to Lose Fire Coverage

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says more people may be dropped from fire coverage and that residents of high risk areas may have to shop for more expensive insurance as wildfires become more destructive because of the drought. Jones said the …

California Draws $10M From Reserves to Remove Wildfire Debris

California Governor Jerry Brown last week directed $10 million from the state’s budget reserve to help pay for the removal of huge amounts of burned debris left in the wake of two massive wildfires, the administration said. In a letter to …

Farmers Estimates $225M Loss from Northern California Fires

Farmers Insurance reported more than 1,300 claims filed, and an anticipated 1,800 total, with an estimated overall loss of roughly $225 million from two California wildfires that burned nearly 150,000 acres this month in Napa, Sonoma, Amador and Calaveras counties. Farmers …

Obama Declares Major Disaster in California Wildfire

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster Tuesday in a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed at least 1,200 homes and killed at least three people. The declaration issued for the fire that broke out in Lake County 90 miles …

Wyoming Man And His Insurers to Pay $2.9M for 2012 Wildfire

A man who accidentally started a 2012 wildfire that burned over a mountain and threatened the town of Jackson has agreed to a $2.9 million payment under a legal settlement. James G. Anderson Jr., 79, will be responsible for $425,000. …

Montana’s Wildfire Season Second-biggest So Far This decade

Montana’s fire season began quietly but has quickly grown to the second-largest so far this decade after lightning storms last month ignited a rash of blazes that spread rapidly amid bone-dry conditions. This season is not over yet, with at …

Massive California Blazes, And It’s Not Even Official Wildfire Season Yet

A pair of massive blazes in the Northern California are a bleak reminder of how bad things can get in a state with persistent drought and windy conditions. A more worrisome thought is California’s official wildfire season has yet to …

Forrest Service Maps Shows Expansion of WUI in West as Wildfires Burn

A new U.S. Forest Service report shows the continued expansion of housing development near forests, an area referred to as the wildland-urban interface, with direct implications for the cost of wildfire fighting. Increasing densities of people and infrastructure in the …