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Alberta approves disaster funding for wildfire, flood damage

October 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Wildfires and too much rain this year will put a $30-million dent in Alberta’s finances. The United Conservative cabinet has declared official disasters in some communities to free up money to cover damage caused by the flames and

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What’s happening with police report on B.C. wildfire that destroyed more than 200 structures

September 18, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The RCMP investigation into the cause of a massive wildfire that destroyed homes and charred nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land in British Columbia has now been passed to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

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How this city uses technology to detect wildfire

September 3, 2019 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thermo-sensing cameras were installed in Alaska to help the fire department locate, analyze and monitor wildfires, officials said. The security-like thermography camera is meant to help the Anchorage Fire Department respond to fires faster by providing a

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We will rise from those ashes:’ Ranch still rebuilding two years after

August 30, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Melody Garner-Skiba and her family have had some tough conversations since a wildfire raged into Waterton Lakes National Park in southeastern Alberta two years ago, spread into nearby grassland and destroyed their horse-breeding ranch. “It’s definitely taken a

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Flammable liquid risk should be top of mind for these clients

August 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients looking for ways of managing wildfire risk should turn their mind at some point to flammable liquid storage. “You wouldn’t want a gas can right up against the building,” said Scott Steinmetz, global head of risk control, MidCorp

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B.C. Okanagan wildfire remains out of control

August 9, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Wildfire Service says a fire in the province’s south Okanagan remains out of control but its direction offers a better chance for containment. The blaze near the town of Oliver has charred nearly 23 square

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What makes wildfire modelling so difficult

August 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Predicting losses from wildfire is more difficult than for other natural hazards like wind and earthquake, a risk control expert for one insurer suggests. Catastrophe models that predict losses come from research on how wind and ground motion affects buildings,

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B.C. jail added to properties under alert as wildfire grows

August 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A wildfire burning in steep and rocky terrain in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan is defying containment efforts and has grown to nine square kilometres in size. BC Wildfire Service maps show flames are moving through an area of

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New wildfire evacuation alert in British Columbia

August 6, 2019 Brenna Owen  - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A wildfire discovered Sunday evening north of Oliver, B.C., in the district of Okanagan-Similkameen has prompted an evacuation alert for several properties and the Osoyoos Indian Band. The regional district is advising residents to take proactive measures to

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Not doing this simple thing can cause a whole building to burn down

August 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While cleaning roof gutters is often touted as a flood risk mitigation measure, it can also address wildfire risk. Commercial clients in areas at risk of wildfire need to remove all tree droppings from roofs – and that includes the

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Fire near Osoyoos, B.C., grows but shows ‘low’ activity says wildfire

July 29, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OSOYOOS, B.C.- Wildfire crews in British Columbia hope to get the upper hand on a stubborn blaze that broke out last week in the southern Okanagan and has scorched just over four-square kilometres of timber and bush. The BC Wildfire

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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