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Utah Firefighting Costs This Year a Record $110M

Utah State Forester Brian Cottam says the state’s wildfire season appears to be over and that it is adding up to be Utah’s most expensive ever. KSL-TV reported that Cottam told the Utah Executive Appropriations Committee that firefighting costs this …

Montana Homes in Fire-Prone Areas Hike Firefighting Costs, Report Shows

Rapid population growth and the desire to live near forests means new housing in western Montana is being built in wildfire-prone areas, increasing taxpayer-funded fire suppression liabilities and putting lives and property in danger, according to a new study. Half …

Nevada Board Says $3.8M More Needed to Fight Wildfires

The Nevada Board of Examiners has recommended approval of an additional $3.8 million to cover the cost of fighting wildfires this past summer. The Nevada Appeal reports state forester Kacey KC told the board Tuesday more than 500 wildland blazes …

Oregon Wildfire Costs This Year Hit Record of $514M

New data shows the cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. According to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. The Statesman Journal …

Woes of California Wildfire Victims Include Cleanup Crews, Fraud

One year after a devastating series of wildfires ripped through Northern California wine country, destroying thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess and California’s …

4 Small Tornadoes Confirmed in Oklahoma, 2 in Texas

The National Weather Service reported that six small tornadoes from a single storm system hit Texas and Oklahoma, including one that forced the closure of a state highway in northeastern Oklahoma for more than six hours. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol …

Oklahoma Tornado Forces Closure of State Highway

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a state highway in the town of Fairfax in Osage County has been closed because of tornado damage, the Tulsa World newspaper reported. The newspaper says there have been no reports of injuries from the …

Michigan Court Rules No Liability for Bank in Wrong-Way Driver’s Crash

The Michigan appeals court says a bank can’t be blamed for a crash that occurred when a confused driver went the wrong way in suburban Detroit. Frank Scola was a 7-year-old passenger when his mother turned the wrong way out …

Congress OKs Disaster Fix to Aid Louisiana Flood Victims

Legislation headed to President Donald Trump’s desk could help thousands of Louisiana flood victims. The U.S. Senate gave final passage this week to a package of federal disaster policy changes, included in a bill authorizing spending for federal aviation programs. …

Indiana Complex Damaged by Tornado Reopens

A central Indiana apartment complex ravaged by a 2016 tornado has reopened its first renovated units more than two years after that storm. About three dozen one-bedroom units reopened last week in one building at Park Place Apartments, which was …