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Wildfire forces entire First Nation community to evacuate

July 4, 2019 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A raging forest fire in northwestern Ontario has prompted the full evacuation of the First Nation community of Keewaywin, authorities said on Thursday. More than 200 residents considered vulnerable had already been flown this week to Sioux Lookout, Ont., as

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Second B.C. wildfire in two days

June 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER  – Crews with the B.C. Wildfire Service are battling another small but worrisome blaze on the province’s south coast. The fire was reported Monday afternoon on Cecil Hill near Pender Harbour on the Sechelt Peninsula. It is not threatening

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Cool weather calms B.C. wildfire, traffic disrupted

June 24, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A small wildfire is burning just above the highway connecting Vancouver and Whistler. The fire along Highway 99, the Sea-to-Sky corridor, broke out early Sunday morning on a steep, rocky slope between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. The

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Where did everyone go?

June 16, 2019 Emily Atkins

How do you keep track of your insureds when disasters force your clients to abandon the primary address you have on file?

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Military help in Pikangikum First Nation being ‘drawn down’ as wildfire slows

June 5, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PIKANGIKUM, Ont. – The Canadian Armed Forces says military help is being “drawn down” in a remote northwestern Ontario First Nation as a wildfire that triggered the evacuation of vulnerable residents slows its spread. Second Lt. Christopher Dube says in

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Is climate change to blame for Alberta wildfires?

June 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Is climate change causing the massive wildfires that are burning out of control in Alberta, which are now reportedly nearing half the size of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire? Not on its own, but climate change can mean a fire

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Wildfire destroys homes in Alberta Metis settlement

May 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen homes in a northern Alberta Metis community have been destroyed by an aggressive wildfire and there are concerns that more properties may be consumed. “It’s like a burnt piece of toast up there,” said Blake Desjarlais

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Brokers concerned about blanket approach to binding authority restrictions

May 31, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfires raging in northern Alberta and Ontario, brokers are reporting some funky outcomes associated with insurers’ binding authority restrictions. Under the restrictions, brokers cannot bind coverage in areas under civil authority, forest fire alerts, flood alerts and certain earthquake

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Wildfires force more people out of their homes in northern Alberta

May 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

More people are being forced from their homes as several wildfires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze. The Alberta government issued an emergency alert early this morning for Chipewyan Lake Village,

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Alberta wildfire continues to grow, but spreading away from threatened community

May 29, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH LEVEL, Alta.  A forest fire burning near a northern Alberta town has grown slightly, but officials say firefighters are making good progress. The Chuckegg Creek fire, currently the largest in the province, was still about three kilometres southwest of

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Where wildfire and flood risk is higher this summer

May 27, 2019 David Friend - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The weather this summer could be starkly different across the country, according to the latest long range forecast from The Weather Network. Chief meteorologist Chris Scott predicts the wet weather that Ontario and Quebec have experienced in May will continue

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How Chuckegg Creek Wildfire could affect Canadian insurers

May 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wildfire affecting northern Alberta is much larger than the one that devastated Slave Lake in 2011 but property losses seemed minimal on Thursday afternoon. “At this point we are hearing there are no major structures that have been lost,”