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Lessons from the field in Fort Mac

March 15, 2018 Kris Rzesnoski, vice-president, business development, Encircle

On May 3, 2016 a massive wildfire swept through the remote Alberta community of Fort McMurray, necessitating the largest wildfire evacuation in Canadian history, with upwards of 88,000 people fleeing their homes. May 3rd was a turning point as well

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New method can predict where lightning will spark wildfires

March 12, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Apparently lightning can strike the same place twice after all. A study by researchers at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering suggests it’s possible to predict where lightning will strike and how often. They say satellite

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Climate change and its effect on insurance claims

December 15, 2017 Neville Bussell

The wildfire insurance losses incurred in Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2016 are the costliest in Canadian history. The fire involved residential property, businesses, municipal property and landscape over an area of 590,000 hectares. The Insurance Bureau of Canada Costs estimated

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Lessons for Canadians from California wildfires

December 13, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Recent record wildfire losses in California serve as a reminder to Canadians that certain buildings separated from the woods can still burn down, a Canadian disaster prevention research executive suggests. Losses from the California wildfires, in excess of $10 billion,

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More than 200 Canadian military members to help police deal with B.C. wildfires

July 21, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members will support the police response to devastating wildfires in British Columbia, bringing some relief to scores of exhausted officers on the ground. About 225 soldiers travelled on Thursday from CFB Edmonton

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Wildfires prompt evacuations on outskirts of Penticton, B.C.

July 20, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PENTICTON, B.C. – Residents of a rural area on the outskirts of Penticton, B.C., on Thursday joined the more than 45,000 people in British Columbia who have fled their homes due to fast-moving fires. The blaze broke out around 9

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British Columbia extends state of emergency two weeks due to wildfires

July 19, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s new government is extending the state of emergency for two more weeks as wildfires sweeping across the province’s Interior show no signs of slowing. Premier John Horgan said his government’s first priority is to support the

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B.C. officials face challenges in bringing people home after fire evacuations

July 18, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-Moving wildfires approached was only half the battle _ the other half will be returning them home. Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s

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Two wildfires break out in British Columbia

May 24, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VERNON, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two separate blazes that broke out on Tuesday, including one that has prompted an evacuation alert. A fire in the north Okanagan, northwest of Lumby, was fanned by high winds

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Fort McMurray wildfire rebuild gaining momentum as hurdles cleared

April 30, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY _ A long-delayed building boom in Fort McMurray is ramping up as homeowners, insurers, contractors, and officials in the Alberta city clear hurdles that hindered reconstruction after the devastating wildfire last May. While many residents and businesses had hoped

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Wildfire has ‘very very different pattern’ of impacted areas: CatIQ Catastrophe Conference speaker

February 8, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When determining accumulation of risk, wildfire presents an “additional complexity” for insurers and reinsurers, a speaker suggested at a recent conference. “Wildfire is a really complex peril,” said Manuel Chirouze, managing director, natural hazards and geoscience for the Americas at

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How to Be Ready for Make or Break Claim Moments

December 8, 2016 Dara Banga, president, DSB Claims

Last May, someone in remote Alberta started a wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray, took out the power grid, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, traveled 590,000 hectares to Saskatchewan, halted regional oil production, and raged for roughly three months before