• California's Camp Fire has melted cars and reduced bodies to bone - these images show the horror of the state's deadliest fire ever

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    California is in flames to the north and south as the deadly Camp and Woolsey fires rage on.
    Both wildfires lit up on Thursday, and have been stoked by dry, windy conditions. The Woolsey Fire has destroyed parts of Malibu and other areas on the outskirts of Los Angeles, while the Camp Fire ravaged the town of Paradise , which is north of Sacramento. That fire has killed at least 42 people - more people than any fire in state history.
    Investigators think some sparking power lines could have been the cause of the blaze. Stocks of California's two largest energy companies fell sharply on...
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  • What's Causing California's Annual Wildfires

    What's Causing California's Annual Wildfires

    26 days ago - By Washington Post

    For the second year in a row, wildfires in California have killed dozens of people, forced thousands from their homes and caused billions of dollars in property damage. And once again, investigators are eying power lines owned by the state's largest utilities as a possible cause. The biggest utility, PG&E Corp., lost about a third of its market value in the days after the blazes broke out this year. Wildfires have become such a threat to utilities that they have begun switching off lines whe
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  • In California Fires, When Every Second Counts, Could Smarter Houses Save Lives?

    26 days ago - By Forbes

    As the Camp and Woolsey wildfires continue to take lives and devastate California, we explore urgency around resilient building technologies, that could allow people more time for a safe evacuation. Insulated concrete forms, from a company called HercuTech, offer fire- and storm resistance.
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  • California's Most Devastating Wildfire Scorches Entire Town

    California's Most Devastating Wildfire Scorches Entire Town

    26 days ago - By RIS Media

    Although late in the year, California continues to battle devastating infernos. The state has been experiencing unrelenting, extremely dry conditions over the past several years due to fuel build-up combined with drought and a warming climate, experts say. Currently, two major blazes pose a colossal threat, already having claimed the lives of at least 44 people and decimating nearly 17,000 residences .
    Camp Fire
    Ignited on November 8, according to CAL FIRE , the Camp Fire is spreading throughout Butte County. Already having charred over 117,000 acres, it is only 30 percent contained...
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  • It was a thriving town of 27,000, and now it's smoldering ash; here's how Paradise, California, became a fire trap

    It was a thriving town of 27,000, and now it's smoldering ash; here's how Paradise, California, became a fire trap

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Paradise, California, has been at risk to fires for decades, despite not being hit by a wildfire until last week's deadly Camp Fire.
    The city created an evacuation plan in 2008, though its roads make it difficult to escape.
    The Camp Fire's death toll in Northern California is 42, but its expected to rise as hundreds of people remain missing.
    The Camp Fire obliterated the Northern California town of Paradise last week, where flames leveled thousands of structures and killed dozens of people.
    It has long been known that the town, with a population of 27,000 is in a high-risk fire severity...
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  • Satellite images show how the Camp Fire destroyed entire towns and killed dozens of people

    Satellite images show how the Camp Fire destroyed entire towns and killed dozens of people

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    The Camp Fire is now the most destructive and deadliest California wildfire in the state's history.
    It scorched the entire town of Paradise, which was home to about 27,000 people.
    Satellites orbiting the Earth took pictures of Paradise and the nearby town of Magalia before the fire hit and while the area burned.
    Paradise used to be a small town in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountains with a population of about 27,000 people. That is, until Friday .
    Within about 24 hours after the Camp Fire broke out, practically all of Paradise had burned to the ground, along with much of...
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