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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,”

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Why your clients may not be covered when there’s an active wildfire

May 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfire season already underway in Alberta and British Columbia, brokers will be looking at how insurance can help their clients mitigate any losses. But brokers and clients alike may not know that the ability to bind coverage could be

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Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

May 21, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. – Fire officials say the winds continue to be favourable as crews battle a large wildfire burning a few kilometres from a northwestern Alberta town. Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First

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How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected

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 Out of control Saskatchewan wildfire triggers state of emergency, evacuation

April 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BIGGAR, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s fire commissioner is urging people across the province not to have open fires as a wildfire around the town of Biggar sparked a state of emergency and some evacuations. Duane McKay says crews are assessing what

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B.C. Wildfire Service monitoring grass fire near Pemberton

April 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

PEMBERTON, B.C. – Residents of the Lil’wat First Nation just east of Pemberton, B.C., are closely watching a grass and brush fire that broke out late Tuesday afternoon. The First Nation set up an emergency operations centre and warned residents

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Wildfire catastrophe models need improvement: Reinsurer

March 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The world’s second-largest reinsurer is looking for partners in the artificial intelligence space to help the reinsurer get a better idea of how much insured damage future wildfires could cause. Swiss Re is working with the Massachusetts Institute of technology

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Is wildfire on the back burner?

March 6, 2019 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

After a couple of close calls last year in B.C. and Ontario, can we say we are better prepared for a wildfire cat?

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Judge questions wildfire mitigation plan

February 14, 2019 Sudhin Thanawala - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. judge who has berated Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. for its role in California wildfires demanded Thursday that the utility answer more questions about its efforts to clear trees and branches that can fall on

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Taming the Flaming Cats

January 1, 2019 Brooke Smith

The biggest lessons from catastrophes such as Fort McMurray, and how to apply them in the future