The hills in Sonoma County look green now after the recent rains, but it's likely they'll start drying out before too long.
Karin Gowins, the former comptroller for Paradise, told The Associated Press Friday that she resigned from the bankruptcy committee overseeing the claims of wildfire victims so she can publicly lambaste what she believes is a deeply flawed, $13.5 billion settlement with PG&E.
PG&E announced in San Francisco Monday that it has given up a controversial plan to pay a $4 million criminal fine to Butte County out of a proposed $13.5 billion trust to compensate wildfire victims.
Pacific Gas & Electric told a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday that it has settled a dispute with disaster-relief agencies that threatened to siphon money away from a $13.5 billion fund earmarked for victims of catastrophic wildfires in California caused by the nation’s largest utility.
The Mann Fire burning in the city of Norco was 100% contained Friday, CAL FIRE Riverside said. The fire burned 180 acres.
The record penalty imposed in an administrative law judge’s decision boosts a previously agreed upon $1.7 billion settlement announced in December.
Helmick and other district officials have been out there for months, talking about how their district is funded, and how that funding is lacking in an area that, over the past 25 years, has gone from almost entirely rural to increasingly urban.
Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies and lawyers grapple for their piece of the pie.
The industry has resisted previous action to force companies to insure homeowners in high risk areas. Insurers say that devastating and more frequent blazes have jeopardized their profitability and capability to provide coverage.
A koala embodied happiness when it received a comprehensive belly scratch from an Australian Defence Force officer at a wildlife park on Kangaroo Island.
Authorities have said the deadliest wildfire in California history killed 85 people. But the newspaper reported Tuesday that it had identified at least 50 more people whose deaths were linked to the fire but not attributed to it.
Journalist Camille Von Kaenel explains on The Four.
It’s the winter season, but you won’t know it around Lake Merritt on Tuesday as joggers traversed its outer edges amid sunny skies and temperatures that soared to 70 degrees.
The Yes on C group says the measure will improve emergency alert and warning systems, improve evacuation routes and infrastructure for quicker evacuations, reduce hazardous vegetation and expand defensible space and fire safety inspections.
Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted as part of a legal claim.
Twenty Angeles National Forest firefighters returned to Los Angeles Wednesday morning after spending almost a month battling the raging wildfires in Australia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
Homeowners who are rebuilding in the Santa Rosa burn area are angry after a group of teens threw a wild and destructive party at their almost-finished home.
Ian McBeth of Great Falls, Montana, Paul Clyde Hudson of Buckeye, Arizona, and Rick A. DeMorgan of Navarre, Florida, died when their C-130 Hercules tanker crashed on Thursday after dumping fire retardant on an out-of-control blaze northeast of the town of Cooma in southern New South Wales state.
"My bill will ensure school districts are made financially whole while providing a mechanism to offer makeup days for students who have missed classroom time," Dodd said.
Three American firefighting airplane crew members were killed Thursday when the C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker they were in crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said.