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Forest fire in Kootenay, B.C.
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Fire danger drops as cooler weather eases B.C.’s wildfire season

September 27, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Wildfire Service says the fire danger rating across most of the province has dropped to low or very low as cool, damp fall weather arrives. The wildfire service says there have been no new fires

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Brokers: Is your client’s dog “friendly?”

September 25, 2023 by David Gambrill

When two dog owners pass each other while walking their dogs, it is common to hear one ask of the other’s dog, “Friendly?” Perhaps that’s what personal lines home insurance brokers should be asking their dog-owning clients, since lawsuits against

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Environment Canada warns B.C. coast to prepare for heavy winds, rain

September 25, 2023 by Jason Contant

Rain and a wind storm are expected for much of British Columbia’s coast, bringing gusts as strong as 110 kilometres per hour.   Environment Canada warnings cover both northern and eastern Vancouver Island, as well as Victoria, portions of the Sunshine

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Four young B.C. firefighters heading home die in head-on crash on highway 

September 21, 2023 by Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Four young men travelling home after helping in the battle against wildfires in central British Columbia are dead after a fiery head-on crash, police and provincial officials said Wednesday.   RCMP Cpl. James Grandy said emergency crews responded around 2 a.m.

A gas station destroyed by the Bush Creek East wildfire in Squilax, B.C.
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B.C. to introduce new disaster management laws to address preparedness, mitigation

September 20, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s emergency management minister said the province will be ready to introduce “in the coming weeks” new laws to govern responses to increasingly frequent natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding.   Bowinn Ma told a gathering at

Wildfire on the Cariboo Plateau of B.C.
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400+ wildfires continue to burn across B.C. as new evacuation orders issued

September 18, 2023 by The Canadian Press

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – An evacuation order has been issued by Cariboo Regional District for 28 properties in the Horn Lake Area in central British Columbia. This comes as the BC Wildfire Service says fire behaviour on the nearby Hell

Repairs being made to the Sumas River dike following flooding in November 2021
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Province aware of dike problems before destructive flooding in 2021, documents show

September 13, 2023 by Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Officials with the British Columbia government and the City of Merritt were aware of significant problems with dikes for several years before a series of atmospheric rivers flooded the community, documents released through a freedom of information request show. The

Forest fire at night in the Okanagan
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B.C. wildfires continue to burn through September

September 12, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The latest evacuation order issued due to a wildfire in British Columbia covers a rural area north of Prince George in a region straddling the boundaries of two regional governments. The regional districts of Fraser-Fort George and Bulkley-Nechako

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What insurers pay to repair EVs

September 11, 2023 by David Gambrill

Although electric vehicles in Canada cost an average of $1,328 more to repair than vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE), EVs are less likely to be written off as a total loss, says a Mitchell report. The cost of the

A gas station destroyed by the Bush Creek East wildfire in Squilax, B.C.
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B.C. sets up climate emergency task force amid wildfire crisis

September 11, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier David Eby says he’s launching an expert task force into wildfires, drought and heat emergencies that have hammered the province. Eby, who’s in the B.C. Interior touring wildfire zones, says the province is still focused

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, B.C.
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Feds predict parts of Canada could see wildfires through winter

September 7, 2023 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The latest federal government forecast says Canada’s already unprecedented 2023 wildfire season could continue late into the fall or winter.   Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says there is potential for increased wildland fire activity from eastern

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Adjusters provide update on B.C., N.W.T. wildfires

September 6, 2023 by Jason Contant

Wildfires in British Columbia and Northwest Territories continue to present a mixed bag of claims for P&C adjusters. Claims adjusters are seeing a variety of both residential and commercial losses. “Major loss, total losses and less severe claims as well,”