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Washington Wildfires Remain Threat in Hot, Dry Weather

Crews continued their battle late Monday with several large fires threatening home in the Chelan area in central Washington. The blazes have destroyed more than 50 structures, forced about 1,500 residents to flee and scorched more than 155 square miles. …

Lightning Sparks Roughly 30 Fires in Colorado

Lightning across northwestern Colorado is suspected of sparking about 30 fires over the weekend, keeping firefighters running from one fire to another. The largest of the wildfires is the Four Mile Fire, which is burning on just over 1,000 acres …

Communities Near Southern California Fire at Risk for Floods

U.S. Forest Service officials say those living in areas around a 49-square-mile wildfire will be at risk for flooding and debris flows long after the flames are extinguished. The Press-Enterprise in Riverside reported that the fire in the San Bernardino …

Wildfires in Northern Alberta Continue to Disrupt Oil Sands Production

  Wildfires in northern Alberta kept about 10 percent of Canada’s oil sands production offline for a third day [on Tuesday] as Bank of America Corp. warned the blazes may slow the economy. A fire at Cold Lake Weapons Range that started …

Officials: Western Drought Could Create Perfect Storm Fire Season in Nevada

Drought and weather conditions across the West could create ideal conditions for simultaneous wildfires and make it tougher for Nevada to get out-of-state aid, fire officials said. Authorities from several agencies briefed Gov. Brian Sandoval this week in Carson City on …

Wildfires Burn Buildings, Cause Evacuation in Central Wisconsin

Six buildings caught fire and 15 homes had to be evacuated as warm weather and dry conditions helped fuel wildfires in central Wisconsin. Catherine Koele, the wildfire prevention specialist for the state Department of Resources, says three houses and three …

Lloyd’s of London Offers Wildfire Insurance to Oregon at Higher Rates

The state of Oregon has a chance to continue its unique insurance policy that helps pay for fighting wildfires in big burning years – but at a higher premium and deductible. Lloyd’s of London has offered to cover up to …

Insurance Council: No Hurricanes, but Bad Weather Plagued Texas

As 2014 hurricane season ends the people of Texas can count themselves lucky to have dodged hurricanes for the past six years, which has been particularly good news for coastal residents. Despite the lack of hurricanes, Texas weather-related losses continue …

Experts: Eastern Colorado Wildfires Likely to Start on Private Lands

Fires ignited on private lands pose the most significant wildfire threats to populated areas on the eastern-facing range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, according to risk analysts who used extensive evidence regarding a combination of forest and vegetation types, wind …

Washington Saw 567 Square Miles Burned by Wildfires

Wildfires this summer in Washington have burned about 567 square miles. Last year wildfires burned about 156 square miles in the state. State Forester Aaron Everett says this year’s scorched acreage is about six times the five-year average of 95 …