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RMS Estimates that Total Insured Losses from the 2020 Western U.S. Wildfires Will Be Between US$7bn – US$13bn

Latest RMS estimate includes loss from new fires that started and spread following the previous RMS loss estimate in September Newark, CA – December 15, 2020 – RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, estimates insured losses from the …

2020: A Year of Natural Hazard in Review

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic What happened in 2020? 2020, without a doubt, has been a shock for everyone. Despite dealing with the ramifications of a global pandemic, the nation was hit with one natural …

Washington Developing Wildfire Smoke Worker-Safety Rules

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries is developing new workplace safety and health rules regarding wildfire smoke. The L&I announced the move this week in response to an increasing number of acres burned by wildfires in the state each …

Rebuilding in Wildfire Zones: A One-Stop Shop for Wildfire Victims

California is on fire. Already this year, thousands of people have lost their homes, and communities are struggling to figure out how to rebuild. Nikki Pechet wants to be the person they turn to. Pechet co-founded Homebound Inc. in 2018 …

The Big Question Is Can U.S. Restrain Worsening Wildfires?

This is one of a series of interviews by Bloomberg Opinion columnists on how to solve pressing policy challenges. This conversation has been edited and condensed. Romesh Ratnesar: The American West is suffering through a devastating fire season. Wild fires …

Frequent Wildfires Decimating Forests Becomes Concern Worldwide

Wildfires among ponderosa pines and Douglas firs of the U.S. West have long been part of nature’s cycle of renewal, as much as the changing of the seasons. But as climate change makes the region more arid, wildfires have grown …

Wildfires Grow in Oregon as 500K Evacuated, Death Toll Rises

Around half a million people in Oregon evacuated as dozens of extreme, wind-driven wildfires scorched U.S. West Coast states on Friday, destroying thousands of homes and killing at least 16 people, state and local authorities said. In southern Oregon, an …

Strong Winds Kick up Pacific Northwest Wildfires

Hurricane-force winds and high temperatures kicked up wildfires across parts of the Pacific Northwest over the Labor Day weekend, burning hundreds of thousands of acres and mostly destroying the small town of Malden in eastern Washington. “Today alone, almost 300,000 …

California Firefighters Battling Blazes in North and South

California firefighters are battling large wildfires in Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties. A fire that has burned more than 2.3 square miles north of Gilroy was 15% contained as of Monday, and a smaller fire east of Morgan Hill …

Arctic Temperatures Soar to Record Levels in June, Stoking Wildfires: EU Data

GENEVA/MOSCOW – Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June amid a heat wave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known, European Union (EU) data showed on Tuesday. Global temperatures last …