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Oregon Wildfire Hazardous Waste Cleanup Complete

The Environmental Protection Agency said it has completed the cleanup of household hazardous waste from properties burned in Oregon wildfires. The September fires led to an initial EPA response in Jackson County, which quickly expanded to Clackamas, Douglas, Klamath, Lane, …

Reno Fire Department Says Wildfire Destroyed 5 Homes, Damaged 24

Authorities now say five homes were destroyed and 26 damaged by a wind-driven wildfire that roared through a Reno, Nev., neighborhood. Of the homes damaged Tuesday, three were heavily damaged and 21 had minor damage due to the fire, which …

Oregon Issues Wildfire Emergency Order and Bulletin for Insurers

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Division of Financial Regulation has issued a new wildfire emergency order. The order took effect after the current emergency order expired on Oct. 18. The order means that insurance companies must take …

Oregon Easing Some Asbestos Rules to Speed Wildfire Cleanup

Oregon officials are relaxing some requirements for handling ash and debris containing asbestos to speed work in removing debris from homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Friday also authorized the temporary stockpiling of asbestos-containing …

Oregon Insurance Division Issues Amended Wildfire Emergency Order

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Division of Financial Regulation has issued an amended wildfire emergency order. The amended order means that insurance companies must immediately take steps to do the following until the order expires: Extend all …

Tree on Power Line Apparent Start of Washington Fire

A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City, including …

Utah’s Wildfire Costs Soar with Human-Caused Blazes

Utah’s wildfire season has broken records for the number of human-caused fires and the costs to taxpayers. During a presentation of the Utah State Legislature’s powerful Executive Appropriations Committee, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands said it …

Colorado Forest Service Launches County-by-County Wildfire Risk Index

The Colorado State Forest Service has launched a wildland-urban interface risk index. The county-by-county index uses housing density combined with modeled fire behavior to determine where the greatest potential impact to people and homes is likely to occur. The index …

Oregon Wildfire in Mop-up Phase, 36 Structures Destroyed and 660 Threatened

A wildfire burning in the scenic Columbia River Gorge that has destroyed dozens of structures is 65% contained, according to authorities. Some evacuation orders were downgraded as of Monday because of the containment progress. The fire has burned nearly 1,000 …

Judge Orders PG&E in California to Beef up Safety

A federal judge has ordered Pacific Gas and Electric to better inspect high-voltage power lines, hire more tree-trimming supervisors and upgrade records regarding the age of electrical equipment as part of efforts to prevent deadly and destructive wildfires and other …