Massive power shut-off would cost businesses in California

Oct 8, 2019
As the risk of wildfire and natural disasters increase with climate change, power disruptions could become more common.
Towers carrying electrical lines in south San Francisco.
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California utility is reportedly considering bankruptcy after wildfires

Jan 7, 2019
California lawmakers are back in session after a holiday break, and a new governor is in place. One of the sticky issues all those folks might have to confront is what to do about the troubled utility Pacific Gas and…

Devastated Northern California marijuana farms are ineligible for insurance

Oct 23, 2017
While legal in the state, cannabis farms are still federally outlawed, which means no insurance payouts.
Wildfire burns through a forest west of Napa, California, on Oct. 12, 2017.
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Smoke from this season’s wildfires is worrying West Coast winemakers

Sep 29, 2017
Notes of ashtray or campfire in your pinot? Vineyards say smoky weather from this year’s wildfires could leave lasting mark on wines.
Jocelyn Bentley-Prestwich, the marketing manager at Cathedral Ridge Winery in Hood River, Oregon, tests the ripeness of the vineyard's Riesling grapes. 
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How small businesses are affected by wildfires

Oct 8, 2015
In Bastrop, Texas, even if your home was spared, it doesn't mean your income was.

A Texas county, 4 years after state's worst wildfire

Oct 2, 2015
Bastrop County, in the dry piney woods, not only is rebuilding, it's growing.

As wildfires spread, the contractors are called in

Sep 17, 2015
Outside help is filling the gap between 'what we have and what we need.'

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Living with fire: In the dry West, it's not if a house will burn, it's when

Aug 19, 2013
Wildfires are burning across the West and are expected to get worse as global temperatures rise. One problem: people living in high-risk fire zones.

Fighting wildfires with Big Data

Jul 11, 2013
The severity of wildfires in the United States is likely to triple by the end of the century, according to a new study out of the University of Alberta.

Fireproofing your home in the wilderness

Jul 3, 2013
Hundreds of homes have already been lost to wildfires this summer. There are ways to make these houses less likely to burn, but fire mitigation is a hard sell to homeowners.