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‘Catastrophic Blazes’ Are Ravaging U.S. Forests. A GOP Lawmaker is Pushing Congress to Act

‘Catastrophic Blazes’ Are Ravaging U.S. Forests. A GOP Lawmaker is Pushing Congress to Act

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter GOP Rep. Bruce Westerman wants to put federal forest management at the top of Congress’s list of priorities for 2019 and avoid a repeat of 2018’s deadly wildfire season. Westerman wants to amend the House Committee on Natural Resources’s rules package and carve out a specific policy jurisdiction on managing […]

California Governor Wants Millions More for Wildfire Prevention; Trump Threatens to Cut FEMA Funds

California Governor Wants Millions More for Wildfire Prevention; Trump Threatens to Cut FEMA Funds

By Ron Brackett At a Glance California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed to spend $305 million for prevention and response to wildfires and other disasters. He also asked President Donald Trump to restore cuts to federal fire-safety budgets. In a tweet, Trump threatened to cut FEMA funds to California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced plans to […]

California Seizes Small Insurer Merced P&C Due to Wildfire Claims

California Seizes Small Insurer Merced P&C Due to Wildfire Claims

By Kathleen Ronayne | December 2, 2018 California regulators moved Friday to take over an insurance company that can’t pay out all claims following a massive wildfire that destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Merced Property & Casualty Company was pushed to insolvency by the fire that sparked Nov. 8 and nearly destroyed Paradise and surrounding towns, state Insurance […]

Western Caucus Members Condemn Obstructionism; Urge Adoption of Active Forest Management Provisions in Farm Bill Negotiations

Western Caucus Members Condemn Obstructionism; Urge Adoption of Active Forest Management Provisions in Farm Bill Negotiations

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Congressional Western Caucus issued a bipartisan press release urging inclusion of key forestry provisions in the final version of the Farm Bill and condemning obstruction of active management policies by Senate Democrats: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01): “Following one of the most devastating wildfires in our nation’s history, […]

Water Hydrants Ran Dry as a Tsunami of Fire Chased Fleeing Californians

Water Hydrants Ran Dry as a Tsunami of Fire Chased Fleeing Californians

 By CHRIS WHITE, Energy Reporter Paradise ran dry on water as waves of fire rushed toward people running from wildfires engulfing the small California town. Yet many citizens managed to escape before the blaze consumed their village. One fire outpost near the Sierra Nevada town recorded wind blasts of 52 mph on Nov. 8. A […]

A California Miracle

A California Miracle

    By Sigrid Weidenweber When the Santa Anas blow—Californians begin to pray or fret. Fires, set by fiends or started by sparks out of people’s control, once becoming flame are instantly fanned into roaring infernos consuming everything—brush, homes and lives. On Thursday, November 8th, 2018 I received a call from my daughter at 7 […]

Evacuations Remain Active

Evacuations Remain Active

Fire Hotline Phone Number (805) 465-6650 Summary Hill Fire – On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2:04pm a brush fire ignited in the area of Hill Canyon in Santa Rosa Valley. Woolsey Fire – On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2:25pm a Brush fire ignited in the area of Rocketdyne, south of the City of Simi Valley. […]

Kim Kardashian Forced to Evacuate Due to Wild Fire: ‘Pray for Calabasas‘

Kim Kardashian Forced to Evacuate Due to Wild Fire: ‘Pray for Calabasas‘

KATIE JERKOVICH, Entertainment Reporter Kim Kardashian shared with her followers that she was forced to evacuate her home in Calabasas, California, Thursday night due to the Woolsey wildfire. The 38-year-old reality TV star was just getting back home when she looked out the window of a private plane and saw the flames. She said they only had […]

California’s Bay Area is Choking on Pollution from Fires

California’s Bay Area is Choking on Pollution from Fires

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter Smoke from the Camp Fire north of Sacramento has drifted over California’s Bay Area, filling the air with ash and shutting down dozens of schools in the area. The Camp Fire had consumed more than 70,000 acres by Friday morning. The fire sped through and nearly destroyed the town of Paradise, forcing its 27,000 […]

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

California Already Spent 98% of Funds to Fight Wildfires

By Chriss Street California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced Monday that the state spent 98 percent of its 2018 budget and is only halfway through the wildfire season. California has spent $432 million of this year’s $443 million budget for the fire year that runs from May 15 through December 15. CalFire has asked for emergency money from […]

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