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Cost of Fighting Wildfires in Oregon Far Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

The estimated cost of fighting Oregon wildfires this summer stands at more than $180 million. That’s $30 million more than at the same time last year. The Mail Tribune reported that 75 percent of those dollars have been spent on …

Wildfires in California Are Mostly Burning in Rural Areas

Dry, hot and windy conditions are threatening to expand California’s largest wildfires, which so far are burning in largely rural areas, muting their economic impact. The fires, which have killed 12 people and burned an area almost as big as …

Insurance Charity Responding to Historic California Wildfires

The insurance industry is responding to the massive blazes across California in a way that goes beyond merely paying claims. More than $30,000 has been collected within the last week to help victims of the dozens of wildfires raging across …

Tornado Warnings in Wyoming Increasing This Year

The National Weather Service has issued more than double the number of tornado warnings in Wyoming so far this year than are typically issued. The Casper Star-Tribune reported the service has issued 51 warnings in Wyoming this year. The state …

Largest Wildfire in California History Continues to Grow

Twin fires in Northern California being treated as one became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles. The Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco was still growing this week as it broke the record set eight …

BNSF Settles Suit from Montana Derailment Agreeing to Pay $750K on Repairs

BNSF Railway has agreed to pay the U.S. government $200,000 and spend up to $750,000 on road repairs to settle claims that the company failed to pay for damages caused by a 2011 train derailment in northwestern Montana, government prosecutors …

Hawaii Officials Worry Earthquakes from Eruption Could Damage Roads

Officials on Hawaii’s Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway. Emergency officials dealing with the eruption are turning …

At Least 3 Tornadoes Confirmed in Colorado

People on the plains of northeastern Colorado were cleaning up this week from a powerful storm that spawned at least three tornadoes, ripped off roofs and flipped trucks and small airplanes. No serious injuries were reported in Sunday’s storm, and …

Damage in Colorado from Severe Storm Could Include Possible Tornadoes

Trees and power lines are knocked over and small planes are flipped upside down after a severe storm, which including tornado sightings and hail, moved across the plains of northeastern Colorado. A team from the National Weather Service is in …

Northern California Wildfires Threaten 10,000 Homes

A pair of wildfires tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatened some 10,000 homes in Northern California on Tuesday. The two fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties had burned seven homes by Monday night along with some 107 square miles …