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What’s making wildfires more severe?

November 12, 2018 By Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and

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Why your clients are increasingly exposed to wildfire losses

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change has turned the risk of wildfire into a year-round peril in Western Canada, a geography expert says. In the past, wildfire season started in April or May and ended some time in October, said Dominic Ford, senior geospatial

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B.C. wildfire not expected to grow further

September 4, 2018 Spencer Harwood - THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia’s wildfire service says precipitation and favourable weather have allowed it to contain one of the province’s largest active wildfires, more than a month after it was initially discovered. After growing to more than 900

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Ontario sees 1,000 forest fires so far this year, double last year’s total

August 16, 2018 Gabriele Roy - THE CANADIAN PRESS

BRITT, Ont. – From a helicopter flying over a smouldering swath of northeastern Ontario, Garry Harland has a clear view of where the firefighters under his command are working to extinguish a massive blaze that’s become known as Parry Sound

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Residents leave homes as Ontario forest fires burn

August 1, 2018 Gabriele Roy - THE CANADIAN PRESS

KILLARNEY, Ont. – While heavy grey smoke from a nearby forest fire hung in the air, Donna Butson packed a bag of clothes and walked in her backyard with tears running from her eyes. She is one of many residents

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Advertisement New wildfire index fights a $5.6-billion problem

July 24, 2018 Opta Information Intelligence

With wildfire losses reaching a whopping $5.6 billion in the past 10 years, there is an urgent need for a solution that can help insurers price the risk accurately, as well as to help municipal and provincial governments know their

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Ontario wildfires rage as B.C. wildfire season ramps up

July 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurers are monitoring about 75 wildfires in northern Ontario this that have resulted in mandatory evacuation orders or alerts in the cottage country districts of Parry Sound and Sudbury, among other areas. “Based on what we are seeing, there aren’t

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Evacuation orders and alerts expanded as wildfires spread

July 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

SUMMERLAND, B.C. – Evacuation orders and alerts have been expanded as several wildfires in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley chew through bush and timber. A 10-square-kilometre blaze burning just south of Peachland on the west side of Okanagan Lake prompted an

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Wildfire evacuees to return to Southend, Saskatchewan

June 27, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SOUTHEND , Sask.  – Residents who had to leave their remote community in northern Saskatchewan because of a wildfire are being allowed to return. The wildfire was growing last week and was 13 kilometres away when an evacuation was ordered

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Wildfire forces hundreds of people from remote community

June 25, 2018 The Canadian Press

SOUTHEND, Sask. – The threat of a growing wildfire has forced more than 600 people from a remote community in northeast Saskatchewan. Emergency management officials say the fire is getting larger but is still about 13 kilometres away from Southend.

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Lightning sparks more than 100 wildfires in B.C., further storms expected

June 21, 2018 The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service says more than 100 new blazes started after lightning storms rolled across the province Wednesday. Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says 113 fires have recorded, most of them due to lightning, and

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The new threat facing Fort McMurray (and other parts of Western Canada)

June 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

With hundreds of claims from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire still unresolved as of late last month, Alberta residents could be forgiven for still worrying about wildfire risks in their own backyard. The Canadian Press recently reported that as of