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California utility is reportedly considering bankruptcy after wildfires

by Andy Uhler 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…

California’s devastating wildfires have made it harder for some day workers to find employment

by Emily Elena Dugdale Jan 1, 2019
Recent devastating wildfires burned down more than 300 homes in Malibu, California — one of the wealthiest cities in California. Many homeowners there employed gardeners and housekeepers who lost their jobs. Oscar Mondragόn, the director of the Malibu Community Labor Exchange,…
The ruins of an ocean view home are seen in the aftermath of the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California.
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The quest for a more fire-resistant home

by Amy Scott Dec 28, 2018
Protective materials are out there, and they don't have to cost more.
John and Lynn Stasz hired architect Mark Gerwing, right, to design their new house after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire near Boulder, Colorado.
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Northern California fires leave local businesses with few options to rebuild

by Ben Bradford 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

by Janet Babin 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

by Ben Bradford 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

by Jed Kim 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

by Danielle Chiriguayo Oct 26, 2018
How one state is fighting wildfires.
A fire lookout tower in Pennsylvania.
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The rekindling of fire lookout towers

by Danielle Chiriguayo 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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After natural disasters, this small Texas city is putting the brakes temporarily on development

by Syeda Hasan Oct 2, 2018
Wildfires scarred Bastrop, Texas and other central areas of the state in 2011.
A sign for prayer is taped to the base of the fireman's statue in front of the Bastrop Volunteer Fire Department September 7, 2011 in historic downtown Bastrop, Texas.
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