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  • Insurance giant State Farm to stop insuring new homes in California, citing catastrophic wildfires and rapidly rising inflation costs that have put polices at a premium

    05/27/2023 3:12:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/23 | Harriet Alexander
    America's biggest home insurance company has announced it will no longer insure houses in California, saying that the risk from wildfires was too great and the cost of rebuilding too high. State Farm, the nation's biggest car and home insurer by premium volume, said existing customers would not be affected. But from Saturday, no new home insurance policies will be issued. The company will continue offering auto insurance. State Farm said it 'made this decision due to historic increases in construction costs outpacing inflation, rapidly growing catastrophe exposure, and a challenging reinsurance market.' In its statement, State Farm said it...
  • Alberta, Canada, wildfires show no sign of slowing, experts say

    05/20/2023 6:40:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-19-23
    The province of Alberta, Canada, home to more than four million people, is under a state of emergency, as nearly 100 wildfires burn, dozens of them out of control. Since the first local state of emergency was declared on 4 May, over 782,000 hectares of land - 1.9 million American football fields or more than 3,000 square miles - have burned, local officials said. -excerpt- Still, there are 93 active wildfires in Alberta as of 12:00 EST (17:00 BST) on Friday, and experts say the end is nowhere in sight
  • Prescribed Burns Planned at Wilder Ranch State Park

    11/25/2022 11:40:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KSBW ^ | Nov 23, 2022 | Estevan Lopez
    California state parks have announced prescribed burns for Wilder Ranch State Park starting Nov.25 through Sunday, Dec. 3, depending on conditions. Some trails will be closed temporarily for public safety, including portions of the Eucalyptus Loop, Old Cabin and Long Meadow Trail. According to park officials, the burn will be for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement and other ecological benefits. Officials say the prescribed burn will enhance the health of the forest by removing duff, leaf litter and fuel buildup and restore essential nutrients to the soil and reduce the chance of wildfires. The burns will...
  • Biden Blames Wildfires on Climate Change

    10/13/2022 12:37:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2022 | 10:21am EDT | Melanie Arter
    President Biden blamed wildfires on climate change during his speech Tuesday at the Summit on Fire Prevention and Control. “And when the impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly evident, we’re calling on you more and more and more,” the president said, speaking to firefighters. “Extreme heat and prolonged drought have turned wildfire season into wildfire years, and local firefighters are being called in more to respond to the fires in the wildland urban interface where we’re moving out into the forest areas to develop and it becomes local and federal.” The president said that the Inflation Reduction Act “enables...
  • Biden to visit NM for wildfire briefing

    06/03/2022 2:02:34 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 3, 2022 | Dan McKay
    SANTA FE — President Joe Biden plans to visit Santa Fe next weekend for a briefing on the wildfires ripping through New Mexico — one of which has grown to 317,000 acres, an area larger than Los Angeles. The president is set to meet June 11 with state officials, first responders and families affected by the fires, according to the White House. It will be Biden’s first visit to New Mexico as president and the state’s first presidential visit since September 2019, when Donald Trump held a rally in Rio Rancho. Biden next week will visit the state Emergency Operation...
  • High wind speeds limit support for Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire

    05/09/2022 4:26:33 PM PDT · by texas booster · 23 replies
    KQUE News ^ | 05/09/2022 | Anna Padilla, Gabriel Chavez
    Crews fighting the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire are up against high winds again, and because of those winds, they won’t be getting any air support. The fire is inching north, jumping the fire line on Highway 518 that firefighters have been trying to hold for weeks. The communities north of Holman are now being told to leave immediately.
  • Largest US Wildfire Rages out of Control in New Mexico

    05/02/2022 4:33:37 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 17 replies ^ | 4/30/22 | Reuters
    MORA, N.M.—Firefighters in New Mexico failed on Friday to pin back the flames of the United States’ largest wildfire, which is burning perilously close to a string of mountain villages. The blaze is the most destructive of dozens in the U.S. Southwest that are more widespread and burning earlier than normal in the year. Thousands of people in the Mora valley, about 40 miles northeast of Santa Fe, prepared to evacuate as smoke billowed from a forest around the nearby farming community of Ledoux.
  • Sierra Club concerned over increase in American River fires, linking it to homeless camps

    04/26/2022 6:25:01 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 32 replies
    KCRA ^ | Apr 25, 2022 | Lysée Mitri
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new report from the Sacramento Sierra Club shows there were three times as many fires along the American River Parkway last year compared to 2019. It attributes the increase to climate change and the surge in homeless camps in the area over the last few years. The rise in fires happened at the same time the county stopped enforcing an ordinance against illegal camping, the report states. The change followed a federal court decision that found that local governments could not ban camping unless they were providing alternatives, like enough shelters.
  • Putin's 'second front' as wildfires ravage Russia distracting from Ukraine invasion

    04/20/2022 4:57:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Express ^ | UPDATED: 11:46, Wed, Apr 20, 2022 | JAMES LEE
    VLADIMIR PUTIN is fighting a "second front" as wildfires ravage Russia distracting resources from the Ukraine invasion as the damage spreads. Thousands of acres of Siberian forest are currently experiencing the flames causing massive destruction to the region. Areas affected include Omsk, Tyumen and Krasnoyarsk, all in Siberia, and all seeing towers of black smoke in the skies. …snip According to local official Aleksey Yaroshenko, some of the forest fires are now out of control, and are more widespread than initially reported...
  • 5,000 under evacuation orders as New Mexico wildfire rages

    04/15/2022 11:36:45 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 15 April, 2022 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press
    Evacuation orders for close to 5,000 people are still in place as firefighters battle a deadly blaze in New Mexico Douglas Siddens’ mother was among those who made it out with just the clothes on her back when a deadly, wind-fueled wildfire ripped through a mountain community in southern New Mexico. The RV park where she lived was reduced to “metal frame rails and steel wheels,” said Siddens, who managed the site “I had like 10 people displaced. They lost their homes and everything, including my mom,” he said. The fire has destroyed more than 200 homes and killed two...
  • Wind whips destructive wildfires in New Mexico, Colorado

    04/13/2022 12:24:24 PM PDT · by Republicans 2016 2020 · 10 replies
    AP News ^ | April 13, 2022 | Susan Montoya Bryan
    Firefighters scouted the drought-stricken mountainsides around a New Mexico village on Wednesday as they looked for opportunities to slow a wind-driven wildfire that a day earlier had burned at least 150 homes and other structures while displacing thousands of residents and forcing the evacuation of two schools. Homes were among the structures that burned Tuesday, but officials did not have a count of how many were destroyed in the blaze that torched at least 6.4 square miles (16.6 square kilometers) of forest, brush and grass on the east side of the community of Ruidoso, said Laura Rabon, spokesperson for the...
  • All-out efforts to protect nuclear power plant from massive wildfire, South Korea

    03/05/2022 10:27:48 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 21 replies
    Watchers.News ^ | 3/4/22 | Teo Blaskovic
    A massive wildfire that broke out in South Korea's eastern coastal county of Uljin forced President Moon Jae-in to order all-out efforts to protect the nearby Hanul Nuclear Power Plant on Friday, March 4, 2022. The government issued a natural disaster alert after a wildfire broke out in the county of Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province on Friday, about 10 km (6.2 miles) from the Hanul Nuclear Power Plant.1 "Place the top priority on preventing casualties and put every possible effort into swiftly putting out the fire," Moon told officials after being briefed on the wildfire. Dozens of helicopters and about...
  • Biden says wildfires are 'supercharged' by global warming

    01/07/2022 7:02:31 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 45 replies
    Fox news ^ | 01/07/2022 | Kyle Morris
    President Biden said Friday massive wildfires like the one that swept across parts of Colorado last week are being fueled by global warming. "Because a combination of extreme drought – the driest period from June to December ever recorded – unusually high winds, no snow on the ground to start, created a tinderbox, a literal tinderbox," Biden said in Louisville, Colorado, after touring damage left behind from the fire with local and state officials and first lady Jill.
  • All Residents In Town Of Superior Ordered To Evacuate Due To Fire Threat (Colorado)

    12/30/2021 12:29:22 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 79 replies
    Boulder County Office of Emergency Management has just announced an Evacuation Order for ALL of Superior, Colorado residents. Evacuation point is the South Boulder Recreation Center. The Superior Community Center is not an official evacuation location.
  • Live updates: Superior, Louisville [CO] under mandatory evacuations as wildfires spread nearby

    12/30/2021 2:13:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    KDVR ^ | Updated: Dec 30, 2021 / 03:10 PM MST | Jenny Ivy
    Several small grass fires have sparked due to downed power lines and transformers blowing, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have also closed roads near the fires and thousands of people are reportedly out of power. The entire town of Superior and the City of Louisville have be3:10 p.m.: UCHealth Broomfield Hospital reports that it has received six patients who need fire-related medical treatment. 3 p.m.: The City of Arvada and many communities north of Denver are dealing with power outages caused by the wind and fires.en evacuated as have some nearby neighborhoods.
  • Father, son charged with starting wildfire plead not guilty

    12/11/2021 12:14:23 AM PST · by blueplum · 3 replies
    AP via msn ^ | 12 December 2021 | uncredited AP
    LACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A father and son charged with starting a massive California wildfire that destroyed many homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee Lake Tahoe communities earlier this year pleaded not guilty in court Friday. The El Dorado County prosecutor's office charged David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, with reckless arson. The office also charged the son with illegal conversion or manufacture of a machine gun and both men of illegal possession of a firearm silencer. ...The criminal complaints do not specify how the machine gun and silencer tie into the Caldor...
  • Despite Media Hype, This Year’s Wildfires Don’t Top One You’ve Never Heard Of

    10/08/2021 9:16:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 8, 2021 | William D. Balgord
    Wildfires in Oregon, California, and Washington State this summer made for spectacular headlines. The media took their lead in press releases issued from the respective state capitals to blame drought—allegedly induced by man-caused climate change—for what they called the worst fires in history. But was climate change really the underlying cause? And were the fires really the worst in history? A bit of real history can be enlightening. Peshtigo is today a small city in northeastern Wisconsin, but 150 years ago it was the site of the largest and deadliest single wildfire in North American history. On October 8, 1871,...
  • The Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Wildfire Revisited

    10/05/2021 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | October 5, 2021 | William D. Balgord
    Wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington State this previous summer made spectacular headlines. The media took their leads from press releases issued by officials in the respective state capitals. They blamed drought, allegedly induced by man-caused climate change, that affected habitually dry terrain where the fires broke out. But is it appropriate to label changing climate as the primary cause with precedents recorded much earlier? Peshtigo today is a small, peaceful city in northeastern Wisconsin that once was the site of the largest (areal) and deadliest single wildfire in North American history. On October 8, 1871, a great wildfire destroyed...
  • Palo Alto Woman Alexandra Souverneva Charged With Starting Fawn Fire; She’s Being Investigated For Starting Other CA Wildfires

    09/25/2021 4:51:04 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    CBS13 ^ | 9-24-21 | CBS13 Staff
    Palo Alto woman Alexandra Souverneva is suspected of lighting a fire near where the Fawn Fire started, Cal Fire announced on Thursday. Employees working near the JF Shea and Mountain Gate Quarries reported seeing a woman trespassing at the property and acting irrationally. Snip According to her LinkedIn profile, Souverneva was enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the environmental chemistry program at State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Also on her page, she lists her current occupation as “shaman.”
  • Lake Tahoe threatened by massive fire, more ordered to flee

    08/30/2021 12:17:50 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    AP via msn ^ | 29 Aug 2021 | staff
    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials ordered more evacuations around the Tahoe Basin as a two-week old blaze encroached on the threatened mountain towns surrounding glimmering Lake Tahoe. By nightfall, all residents on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin were warned to evacuate the region, after fire officials had stressed for days that protecting the area was their top firefighting priority. “Today’s been a rough day and there’s no bones about it,” Jeff Marsoleis, forest supervisor for El Dorado National Forest, said Sunday evening. A few days ago, he thought crews could halt the Caldor Fire's...