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Tennessee and Israel wildfires, New Zealand quake among expensive catastrophes in November: Aon Benfield

December 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The November 13 earthquake affecting New Zealand “serves as a reminder ” of earthquake risk in Oceania, while wildfires — some set deliberately – in Israel, will cause economic losses of over half a billion, Impact Forecasting LLC suggested in

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Canadian couple among the dead in Tennessee wildfire

December 2, 2016 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – A couple from Canada is among the victims of a wildfire that ravaged the Smoky Mountains resort city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Authorities say 71-year-old Jon Tegler and 70-year-old Janet Tegler are among 13 people who have died

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California wildfire threatens 325 structures

September 30, 2016 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MORGAN HILL, Calif. – A wildfire in a mostly remote area of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains has now destroyed eight homes and sent a firefighter to the hospital, officials said Thursday. One firefighter was injured and hospitalized, but no details

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Cleaning Up After the Beast

September 2, 2016 Emily Atkins, Editor

A hail of glowing embers bounces off the hood of the pickup creeping in gridlocked traffic. Headlights can’t penetrate the billows of greasy smoke swirling in a hot, heavy wind. As the camera pans, pine trees barely a car-length away

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Wildfire still active, 75% contained in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley

August 24, 2016 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Visitors forced to flee from a campsite in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley ahead of a raging wildfire on Sunday night will have a chance to retrieve abandoned items. The Central Okanagan Regional District says people who

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Adjusting Fort McMurray’s Firestorm

July 15, 2016 Heather Sanderson

Business Interruption & Civil Authority Coverage Issues with the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire

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Nearly $3.6 billion in insured losses from Fort McMurray wildfire: CatIQ

July 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured damage from the recent wildfire affecting Fort McMurray, Alta. is estimated at $3.58 billion, Insurance Bureau of Canada’s vice president western and Pacific, Bill Adams, said Thursday. A third of the $3.58 billion loss is commercial property, 5% is

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Vancouver area wildfire 60% contained, industrial park evacuation ends

July 6, 2016 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

DELTA, B.C. – Weather is not considered a factor in the cause of a wildfire at a unique peat bog in Delta, B.C., as crews contained about 60% of the blaze on Tuesday, the fire chief says. Dan Copeland said

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Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction to share Fort McMurray research in July 12 webinar

July 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) has scheduled a webinar, July 12, on its preliminary findings of the forensic investigation into the wildfire damage in Fort McMurray, Alberta. “As catastrophic as it was, this disaster presents opportunities for learning

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Wildfire puts Delta, British Columbia under provincial emergency status

July 4, 2016 The Canadian Press

DELTA, B.C. – The Burns Bog fire southeast of Vancouver was 10 per cent contained Monday morning, with crews hoping to fully contain the flames by the end of the day. Chief Dan Copeland of the Delta Fire Department said

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Radiation safety specialists enroute to Fort McMurray as precaution

May 13, 2016 Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is sending specialists to Fort McMurray to help emergency crews check out radiological devices that may have been affected by the wildfire. The equipment – which includes radiography cameras used to