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California governor proposes a $21 billion wildfire fund

California governor proposes a $  21 billion wildfire fundCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed helping utilities create a fund of up to $ 21 billion to compensate future victims of wildfires sparked by the companies’ equipment or employees, an aide said on Friday. The proposal by the Democratic governor follows the bankruptcy filing earlier this year of San Francisco-based utility PG&E Corp, which anticipates $ 30 billion in liabilities from wildfires that have been blamed on its equipment, including the state’s deadliest blaze which killed more than 80 people last year. The state’s other two large utilities, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, have seen their credit ratings downgraded over wildfire concerns.



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FEMA Released Personal Info of 2.3 Million Hurricane and Wildfire Survivors, Watchdog Says

FEMA Released Personal Info of 2.3 Million Hurricane and Wildfire Survivors, Watchdog SaysPotentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft



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PG&E files for bankruptcy amid California wildfire lawsuits, citing billions in claims

PG&E files for bankruptcy amid California wildfire lawsuits, citing billions in claimsThe utility filed bankruptcy documents despite investigators determining last week that its equipment was not to blame for a 2017 fire that killed 22.



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Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief fundsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires, a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management.



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California Republicans object after Trump threatens wildfire aid

California Republicans object after Trump threatens wildfire aidSACRAMENTO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out once more at California on Wednesday for a series of devastating wildfires he blames on poor forest management, threatening to withhold federal disaster aid in a Twitter blast that drew rebukes from lawmakers in his own party. Trump’s tweet, the latest of several in recent months accusing California of bringing wildfires on itself, came two days after newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, used the occasion of his swearing-in to critique “corruption and incompetence” of the Republican president. Beyond Newsom, who has vowed to position California as a counterweight to Trump, the deeply blue state is home to some of the president’s most outspoken political foes, including U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.



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Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeksSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.



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Some evacuation orders lifted for California wildfire area

Some evacuation orders lifted for California wildfire areaPARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are lifting evacuation orders for some Northern California communities ravaged by the state's deadliest wildfire but said no traffic will be allowed into the town of Paradise, which was the most devastated community in last month's blaze.



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List of missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops sharply

List of missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops sharplyThe confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire stood unchanged from the past few days at 88, but the newly revised roster of people still unaccounted for came as welcome news three weeks after flames ravaged the Sierra foothills town of Paradise. At a news conference on Wednesday night, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said search and recovery teams had finished combing through the ruins of approximately 18,000 homes and other buildings incinerated by the blaze. The missing-persons list then consisted of 196 names, though Honea said he was hopeful that many individuals would eventually turn up alive as they realized that loved ones were looking for them.



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California wildfire survivors face new challenge: rebuilding

California wildfire survivors face new challenge: rebuildingAt least 88 people were killed in the Camp Fire and nearly 200 others are still listed as missing, making the wildfire the deadliest in state history. Christopher Gregg, whose home in Paradise was a total loss, said he’s not getting answers to the question of when he will be compensated by his insurance company. Insurance teams began gathering in Chico in the early days of the fire that erupted on Nov. 8 and rapidly engulfed Paradise about 20 minutes away and surrounding communities.



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Number of missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops to 25

Number of missing in California's deadliest wildfire drops to 25The death toll from the Camp Fire that all but obliterated the mountain town community of Paradise in northern California stood unchanged at 88, the Butte County Sheriff Department said late on Saturday in a statement. On Wednesday, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said search and recovery teams had finished going through the ruins of some 18,000 homes and other buildings that were incinerated.



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