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New Mexico Forest Official Cites Rising Risk of Human-Caused Wildfires

The top administrator of a national forest in northern New Mexico says there’s an elevated risk of human-caused wildfires due to drying conditions and negligence by some forest visitors. Carson National Forest Supervisor James Duran said there’s a high fire …

Wisconsin Governor Issues Emergency Order Due to Wildfires

Wisconsin residents grappling with the coronavirus have something else to worry about now: wildfires. Gov. Tony Evers on April 21 declared statewide state of emergency in response to elevated wildfire conditions. The governor’s office said the state has experienced more …

Climate Forecast for 2020s Is Warmer, Stormier and More Extreme: Opinion

Over the last decade, scientists learned a great deal about the climate, much of it concerning the connection between global warming and extreme events — heat waves, hurricanes, floods, droughts and wildfires. There has been, for many years, an understanding …

Typhoon Hagibis to Cost Japan’s Economy $10B, with Insured Losses in Billions: Aon

Typhoon Hagibis is likely to become one of 2019’s costliest events, with economic costs of more than US$10 billion and insured losses minimally in the billions, according to Aon’s monthly catastrophe report. The storm made landfall in Japan’s Iza Peninsula …

Boosting Resilience to U.S. Wildfires Should Be Insurance Industry Priority: I.I.I.

Nearly a year after the deadliest and costliest wildfire in U.S. history, insurers and the customers they cover are revisiting how to reduce their collective exposure to this risk, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “While our research has …

500K-Plus Californians Lose Power; Large Wildfire Rages

More than half a million people have lost power across California as part of a deliberate blackout designed to keep power lines from igniting wildfires. Meanwhile, a major blaze has already erupted. PG&E Corp. and other utilities have cut service …

Eastern Australia Wildfires Destroy Up to 30 Homes

About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler Wednesday after strong winds and stifling heat restricted firefighting …

Council Recommends $4B Plan to Safeguard Oregon from Wildfires

A task force created by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says climate change, overstocked forests and understaffed fire teams have placed Oregonians in extreme risk, necessitating a multi-billion-dollar program to safeguard the state from calamity. The Statesman Journal reported the council …

Lawsuit Says Colorado Railroad Ignited Fires Prior to Wildfire

A federal lawsuit says nearly 50 fires in Colorado were ignited by a railroad company in the weeks leading up to a major wildfire. The Durango Herald reported Tuesday that The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad caused the smaller …

Parts of Texas in Exceptional Drought; Governor Extends Disaster Declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended a drought disaster declaration to numerous counties in the state. The counties are deemed to be in exceptional drought due to significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions that continue to increase the threat …