Community Risk Reduction

PG&E Says Blackouts Limited Fires Despite One Likely Failure

Utility could be held liable for past wildfires     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest utility said Friday that its distribution lines haven’t sparked any major wildfires since it began shutting off power ...

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Paradise Survivors One Year Later

Residents return and rebuild after deadliest wildfire     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — There was “no way in hell” Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She’d thought she was going to die during the six ...

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California Adopts 22 Laws Aimed at Wildfire Danger

Several focus on fire resistant homes and surroundings     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is adopting nearly two dozen laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of ...

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Outages to Deter Wildfires Burden California Counties

Outages become burdens for smaller, poorer counties     By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When California’s largest utility warned it would cut power to thousands to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during warm, windy ...

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Builders Profit, Owners Worry Amid Disaster-Area Development

Wind-driven fires have raised questions about the limits of fire safe construction     By ANNA HUNTSMAN and JAKE STEINBERG ELFIN FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Elfin Forest is named for the miniature trees that blanket the surrounding ridgeline. The terrain ...

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