Most Popular Wildfire Headlines This Year

The most viewed headlines from our Wildfire Topic Page over the last year.

#1 Berkshire Unit Sued Over California’s Largest Wildfire of Season

Aug 22 2022 // A Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unit was sued for allegedly causing California’s largest wildfire of the year, which killed four people and destroyed almost 200 structures near the Oregon border. The complaint against...

#2 Insurers Increasingly Concerned for Western U.S. Wildfire Season

Jun 14 2022 // As Western wildfires force evacuations in Arizona and California – on the heels of an early and severe wildfire season in New Mexico – insurers are increasingly eyeing the growing risks. “Insurers are very much...

#3 Colorado Wildfire Caused $513M in Damage, Officials Say

Jan 10 2022 // Last week’s Colorado wildfire caused at least $513 million in damage and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and structures, officials as they updated the toll of property lost in the most destructive wildfire in state...

#4 Report: Wildfires Have California in ‘Heightened State of Alert’

Nov 10 2021 // California, which has seen its eight largest recorded wildfires since 2017, is in a “heightened state of alert,” according to a new report that calls for urgent policy actions. The report was released on...

#5 How Climate Change Is Fueling More Intense Global Wildfires

May 16 2022 // Already, 2022 is taking its place in a pantheon of years that have seen the nature of fire change — and all parts of the world fall under threat. It’s only expected to get worse, with drought and heat waves looming...

#6 Goats Being Brought in to Help Slow Colorado Wildfires

Oct 4 2021 // A group of horse trailers pulls up to a trailhead outside of Carbondale, Colo. The doors open and more than 800 goats jump out onto the gravel parking lot. The goats head straight for the closest grassy hill and...

#7 14 Insurers Pressing Lawsuit vs. Park Service After Gatlinburg Wildfires

Dec 2 2021 // Fourteen insurance companies are pressing ahead with a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that the National Park Service did little to stop 2016 wildfires that destroyed dozens of homes and businesses in and...

#8 California Commissioner Wants Discounts from Insurers in New Wildfires Framework

Sep 7 2022 // California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Wednesday submitted an insurance pricing regulation to the California Office of Administrative Law to recognize and reward wildfire safety and mitigation efforts made by...

#9 California Insurance Commissioner Issues Year Moratorium on Cancellations, Non-Renewals Following Wildfires

Jul 12 2022 // California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered insurance companies to preserve residential insurance coverage for more than 85,000 policyholders affected by fires in Santa Barbara County and Monterey County after...

#10 Bill Introduced to Offer All California Homeowners Insurance, Fund Home Hardening

Feb 3 2022 // Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Marin County, on Thursday introduced legislation designed to require mandatory issuance of homeowners’ insurance and establish a grant program to harden residential properties in areas...

#11 Some Lessons Learned from Wildfire That Nearly Destroyed Tahoe

Nov 30 2021 // The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick...

#12 Biden Administration Unveils ‘Wildfire Crisis Strategy’ for Western States

Jan 19 2022 // The Biden administration on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year plan to treat and maintain millions of additional acres of forests in the western United States to reduce the severity of seasonal wildfires. “We’re not...

#13 Insurtech Startup Kettle Raises $25M to Expand Wildfire Reinsurance Protection

Nov 24 2021 // Kettle, the San Francisco-based reinsurance startup that uses artificial intelligence to better protect people from the growing wildfire risks of climate change, announced it has been reinsuring homes during the 2021...

#14 California Insurance Commissioner Orders Moratorium on Cancellations, Non-Renewals Following Wildfires

Aug 15 2022 // California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurers to preserve residential insurance coverage for 8,500 affected homes following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency declaration as wildfires in Siskiyou...

#15 California Commissioner Orders Cancellation Moratorium for Wildfires

Aug 2 2022 // California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara this week ordered insurers to preserve residential insurance coverage for the county of Mariposa following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s emergency declaration. Lara’s order...

#16 Report Shows Wyoming, Idaho Have ‘Disproportionate Risk’ from Wildfire

Sep 29 2021 // Lately, when people say “wildfire,” California is probably the first state that comes to mind. But a new report out should concern people living in a few other Western states that aren’t often mentioned...

#17 Chemical Analysis Shows Effects of Wildfire Smoke on Grapes and Wines in Western U.S.

Mar 16 2022 // NEWSWISE – As wildfire season in the West grows in length and severity, it is taking a toll on the wine industry through the effects of wildfire smoke on the quality of wine grapes. Volatile compounds in the smoke from...

#18 California Fire Destroys Mansions; New Mexico Wildfire Grows

May 12 2022 // The largest wildfire in the U.S. was spreading toward mountain resort towns in northern New Mexico, prompting officials to issue another set of warnings for more people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a wildfire that erupted...

#19 Report Estimates $530M Reconstruction Cost for Homes in Line of California Wildfire

May 13 2022 // Newly released data from CoreLogic show the Coastal Fire in California has burned at least 20 homes in the Orange County community of Laguna Niguel. The estimated reconstruction cost value is $530 million for the area...

#20 Officials: Nebraska Wildfire About Half Contained

Apr 12 2022 // A wildfire in southern Nebraska that destroyed some homes and produced thick smoke that led to the traffic death of an area fire chief is about half contained, state officials said. The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency...