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The California professor suspected in a string of arsons near the 500,000-acre Dixie Fire was ordered to remain in jail as a flight risk.
The governor's office declined to comment on the investigation, and state fire officials took responsibility for Newsom sharing inaccurate information. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had not “done our job in educating the public, nor the governor's office” on how to communicate about the efforts, Chief Tom Porter said.
The National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday that it’s the second earliest it reached what it calls preparedness level 4 on the 1-5 scale since 1990.
Dozens of wildfires were burning in hot, dry conditions across the U.S. West, including a blaze touched off by lightning that was moving toward northern Arizona's largest city.
The helicopter that crashed was one of two the agency deployed to help fight the fire near Townsend, which has burned 7 square miles and destroyed a house, a cabin and 6 outbuildings.
State and local policies emphasize retrofitting existing homes and ensuring homes have defensible space and communities have evacuation plans.
A wildfire in Arizona that had neighboring New Mexico breathing in smoke was one of several blazes scorching the drought-stricken Southwest, signaling what could be a devastating summer.
Verisk will leverage the data from the NFPA Firewise USA® recognition program to develop property-level analytics insurers can use to refine their underwriting.