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The hard part of managing wildfire risk

February 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be doing all the right things to manage their wildfire risk, but what about the property halfway down the street? “You can have four homes in a row that are perfectly maintained, just the way they are

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Is climate change driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada?

January 8, 2020 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canadian wildfire experts say Canada is very vulnerable to the kind of devastating wildfires ravaging Australia right now. More than 12.5 million acres (about 5.1 million hectares) of bushland have burned in Australia since October and prime forest-fire

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November 3, 2019 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Reinsurers bore a large portion of the Fort McMurray wildfire losses. Now, they want better data on Canada’s high-risk areas

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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