A year after the Camp Fire, local developers are working together to rebuild Paradise

Nov 11, 2019
Despite concerns that big out-of-town developers would buy up land and make Paradise more expensive, an analysis of property sales finds local developers rebuilding the town.
Locals Dave and Christine Williams are developing two lots in Paradise that were destroyed in the Camp Fire.
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In California's wildfire country, insurance is harder to come by

Oct 29, 2019
Insurance companies are dropping policies in high-risk areas.
A home burns during the deadly 2018 Camp fire in Northern California.
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Who pays for California's wildfires?

Oct 28, 2019
Multiple wildfires continue to burn in California, prompting evacuations, preventive power outages and a scramble for funds to pay to fight the fires.
A home burns during the deadly 2018 Camp fire in Northern California.
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Power shut-offs present unique challenges to low-income Californians

Oct 10, 2019
Power shutoffs aren’t wildfires or earthquakes, but for some they can be a kind of disaster.
A sign calling for PG&E to turn the power back on is seen on the side of the road during a statewide blackout in Calistoga, California, on October, 10, 2019.
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Northern California fires leave local businesses with few options to rebuild

Dec 17, 2018
There's limited aid available for businesses displaced by November's devastating fire in Paradise.
A burned car and a gas station remain visible after the Camp Fire tore through the region near Pulga, east of Paradise, California, on Nov. 11, 2018.
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CAT bonds could be key to paying for wildfire losses

Dec 10, 2018
Some urge FEMA to issue a catastrophe bond to help pay for wildfire recovery.
Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California, on Nov. 09.
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How gift cards are helping survivors of California's deadliest fire

Dec 7, 2018
It's not just cash donations that help after a disaster.
Kimberly Spainhower hugs her daughter Chloe, 13, while her husband Ryan Spainhower (R) searches through the ashes of their burned home in Paradise, California on November 18, 2018.
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California fires are threatening utilities' bottom line

Nov 13, 2018
California damages topped $10 billion in 2017. The bill for this year's fires could be worse.
In this aerial photo, a burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California, on Nov. 15, 2018. The toll in the deadliest wildfires in recent California history climbed to 59 on Nov. 14, 2018, as authorities released a list of 130 people still missing. 
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The rekindling of fire lookout towers

Oct 26, 2018
How one state is reinvesting in a century old method to fight wildfires.
A fire lookout tower in Pennsylvania.
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