Community Risk Reduction

Report: California Governor Overstated Fire Prevention Work

Fuel reduction efforts dropped from the year before     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has vastly overstated wildfire prevention work completed by his administration, according to a Capital Public Radio investigation released Wednesday. State fire officials ...

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Arizona Lawmakers Advance $100M Fire Fund

Fires have been burning with increasing frequency across Arizona     By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings ...

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Report: California Encourages Rebuilding in Fire-Prone Areas

1.4 million California homes are in areas identified as having a high risk of burning     By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state and local officials are encouraging rebuilding in areas destroyed by wildfires ...

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Bringing Tech Innovation to Wildfires

Four recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the U.S.     Natasha Stavros, University of Colorado Boulder (THE CONVERSATION) Record-breaking fires over the past decade suggest the western U.S. has entered a new era of megafires. Fire itself is ...

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NFPA and Verisk Collaborate to Promote Importance of Community Wildfire Risk Mitigation

Verisk will use Firewise USA® boundary data to help develop underwriting analytics for insurers about properties that are part of community wildfire mitigation efforts     National Fire Protection Association JERSEY CITY, N.J. — More than 4.5 million U.S. properties ...

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Experts: Oregon Fall 2020 Wildfire Season a Taste of Things to Come

Oregon is now starting fire season amid some of the worst conditions in memory     By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press OTIS, Ore. (AP) — Wildfire smoke was thick when Tye and Melynda Small went to bed on Labor Day, ...

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California Lawmakers Push Bills to Fight Wildfire Risks

Staffing, prescribed burns, and increased home protection     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats who control the state Senate said Thursday they intend to advance a 10-bill package to the Assembly in the next week ...

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Nothing Looks Good for 2021 Wildfire Season

Severe drought has turned forests and grasslands into dry fuels     By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wearing soot-smudged, fire-resistant clothing and helmets, several wildland firefighters armed with hoes moved through a stand of ponderosa pines ...

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California Sees More Wildfires as Drought Intensifies

Fires so far have burned nearly five times as much acreage as they did last year at this time.     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California sinks deeper into drought it already has had ...

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