Tag Archives: Community Risk Reduction

Federal Plan Uses Fuel Breaks to Slow Western Wildfires

Strips to be created on land managed by the BLM     By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large ...

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After 75 Years Smokey Bear Still Keeps an Eye on America’s Forests

Some 96% of Americans recognized this constant reminder to keep forests safe     Wendy Melillo, American University School of Communication (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Smokey ...

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Report: PG&E Ignored Repairs on Aging Power Lines

Utility knew for years dozens of lines posed a wildfire threat     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California’s deadliest recent fires, knew for years that dozens of its aging power ...

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PG&E Restores Power to 20,000 Northern California Customers

PG&E is under pressure after being blamed for previous fires     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. restored power to more than 20,000 customers in Northern California after the company shut it off over the weekend ...

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California Regulators Approve Power Outages to Prevent More Wildfires

Outages could mean multi-day blackouts for cities as large as San Francisco and San Jose     By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds ...

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California Leaders Won’t Change Utilities’ Liability For Now

New development fee proposed without details     By DON THOMPSON and KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California commission set up to study wildfire issues recommended Wednesday that the state change a liability standard imperiling major ...

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California Lawmakers Reject $1B to Protect Homes from Fires

Financial assistance would have been available to harden homes     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California legislative committee has stripped the $1 billion in funding from a bill to protect homes against wildfire through home improvements. The Assembly Appropriations ...

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California Governor Won’t Block Building in High-Fire Areas

Newsom said he’s never seen a realistic proposal for how to do it     By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A desire to live near nature is embedded in California’s ethos, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday ...

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California Races to Deter Disaster as Towns Face Fire Risk

More than 2.7 million live in very high fire hazard severity zones     By RYAN SABALOW, PHILLIP REESE and DALE KASLER The Sacramento Bee SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush ...

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Analysis: Safety Rules Give Homes Better Chance in Wildfires

Landmark 2008 building code made a difference in California     By DALE KASLER and PHILLIP REESE The Sacramento Bee PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney ...

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