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California Mudslides: Residents Commit to Rebuilding

At the end of a heartbreaking week that saw deadly mudslides kill at least 20, residents of Montecito gathered to grieve, pay tribute to victims and commit to rebuilding their cherished community on the Southern California coast. Mourners lit prayer …

California Mudslide Victims ID’d as Crews Continue Survivor Search

The oldest victim swept away in a California mudslide was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before. He died with his wife of more than 50 years, Alice. The youngest, 3-year-old Kailly Benitez, was one of …

Search for Victims of California Mudslide Continues, 17 Dead

Hundreds of searchers continued the grueling work Thursday of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage left by flash flooding in Montecito, Calif. The death toll from Tuesday’s flash flood rose to 17 …

Mud Inundates California Burn Areas, 15 Dead

The death toll from the mudslides that struck Southern California climbed to 15 on Wednesday as rescue crews searched for anyone trapped, injured or dead in the onslaught that smashed homes and swept away cars. The torrential rainstorm that set …

Several Texas Businesses in Historic Denton Downtown Damaged in Fire

Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck a historic downtown square in North Texas. The fire in downtown Denton appears to have begun early Tuesday in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and …

Insurance Companies Sue Kodiak Electric in Alaska Over Fire Damage

Two insurance companies filed a lawsuit against the Kodiak Electric Association in Alaska claiming it was responsible for a fire that caused damage to clients’ property. Lexington Insurance Co. and Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association accuse the electric cooperative …

California Commissioner Asks Insurers to Forego Detailed Home Inventories in Wake of Wildfires

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurers to help California wildfire survivors by providing relief from detailed home inventories and to provide up to 100 percent of contents coverage limits without a detailed inventory. “These families have endured unimaginable …

California’s Thomas Fire Now Third Largest in State History

California’s Thomas Fire is roughly 45 percent contained and is now considered the third largest wildfire in state history, authorities say. Firefighters battling the fire northwest of Los Angeles are working against another high winds. The fire which has gone …

Verisk: 96% of the Area in California Fire at High or Extreme Wildfire Risk

Most of the area within the massive Thomas fire in Southern California is at high or extreme wildfire risk, according to a Verisk report on Wednesday. The fire encompasses more than 230,500 acres, and while containment on the wildfires in …

Wind Threat Remains as Crews Gain on Huge California Wildfire

After achieving increased containment on one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials warned that communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again. Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa …