Colorado Wildfire Doubles in Size; Thousands Are Evacuated

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, earlier this week, wildfires-exacerbated by unseasonably warm temperatures and windy conditions- broke out in the forested terrain of southern Colorado. In fact, Colorado Springs hit 98° on June 10, setting a record for this early in the year. According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s office, as of June 14, 2013, at least four wildfires are currently active across the state. “The largest of the blazes, the Black Forest fire, doubled in size from Wednesday to Thursday, growing to 15,700 acres (25 square…

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Multiple Bushfires Burn More than 60,000 Hectares Across Tasmania

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, late last week, wildfires exacerbated by hot, dry, and windy conditions spread across parts of southern Tasmania. Temperatures of over 41° C (105.8°F) were recorded in the state capital of Hobart last Friday, the city’s hottest day since recordkeeping began in the 1880s. According to the Tasmania Fire Service, as of 9:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. UTC) January 7, 2013, thirty-five bushfires are currently active across Tasmania. Six of these blazes have reportedly been contained. Firefighters are still working to control nine more, which…

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Texan farmers to receive insurance aid while battling extreme drought

Texas has been struggling to cope with one of the most severe droughts in the state’s history. The dry conditions have sparked a rash of wildfires throughout the state, which have burned crops and homes alike. The state’s insurers have been working to mitigate the damage caused by the extreme conditions and for those that lost their homes to fire, recovery is quickly becoming a reality. Good news is on the horizon for thousands of farmers who had their crops destroyed by the drought as well. More than 41,000 Texan…

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