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California Wildfires May Lead to $8B in Insured Losses: Aon Benfield

California’s historic wildfires may lead to as much as $8 billion in insured losses. That’s a record for insurers, according the October 2017 Global Catastrophe Recap from Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting. The surge in October wildfires killed at least 43 …

California’s $58B Wine Industry Hit by Wildfires

The fires ravaging Northern California stand to leave the area’s renowned wine industry with damage that will be felt long after the final flames burn out. At least four Napa Valley vineyards have been destroyed or significantly damaged, and the …

California Wildfires Are a ‘Larger Scale Disaster’

Active wildfires in California have burned an estimated 1,500 homes and commercial structures, scorched more than 115,000 acres and reportedly killed 15 people. Insurers and others who access damage are only beginning to get “boots on the ground,” as the …

Wildfires Ravage California’s Iconic Wine Country Region

Wildfires that tore through northern California’s iconic wine-growing regions have prompted evacuations of more than 20,000 people, killed 11 and damaged some of the most valuable vineyards and wineries in the U.S. Blazes are sweeping through one of the state’s …

Cost of Fighting Montana Wildfires Approach $400M

The cost of fighting wildfires in Montana is approaching $400 million at the tail end of the state’s worst wildfire season in two decades. To date, wildfires have burned almost 1,900 square miles, slightly more than the area burned in …

Climate Researchers Warn of Hotter Summers, More Wildfires, in Southern Europe

Climate researchers are warning that Europeans should prepare for the return of “Lucifer,” saying the hellishly named heat wave that hit parts of the continent this summer could become a regular occurrence due to man-made climate change. Hotter-than-usual temperatures in …

Official Blames Humans for Utah’s Wildfire Cost Doubling

Utah State Forester Brian Cottam said “stupid human tricks” have led to the states’ wildfire bill being double what it usually is. Cottam says the cost to Utah for this year’s wildfires is projected to be $18 million, while the …

Arizona Launches Campaign on Flooding Danger

Arizona officials are launching a campaign to make Arizonans aware of the year-round risk of flooding, particularly during the monsoon. Director Wendy Smith-Reeve of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management says most people know Arizona has wildfires but that flooding …

Montana’s Ablaze And The Firefighting Money Is Running out

Montana’s worst fire season in years is expected to scorch the drought-stricken landscape well into fall, long after the state’s firefighting reserves run out thanks to politicians diverting millions of dollars to fill a budget shortfall. There is only $12 …

Air Guard Tankers Being Activated to Combat Western Wildfires

Air National Guard C-130s from Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado that are equipped to battle fires have been activated to fight wildfires in the Western U.S. The three large aircraft will be stationed in Fresno, Calif. Currently, the activation is scheduled …