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August 2, 2021

Wildfire season turns explosive with Bootleg, Dixie fires

Massive wildfires continued to burn in Oregon and California, feeding on fuels dried by prolonged drought and weather conditions that promoted their spread

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February 18, 2021

Preparing for a growing peril: The age of the ‘gigafire’ has begun

As dramatic as the statistics surrounding the 2020 wildfire season were, the messages they carry and the questions they raise are even more critical to address.

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February 16, 2021

Mitigate web portal provides free data-driven resources to improve community fire protection

Mitigate provides objective, countrywide fire protection data to help fire protection officials evaluate and improve their emergency preparedness.

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December 23, 2020

FEMA study shows stringent building codes save billions in losses from natural disasters

ISO's Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) was among the key sources for a FEMA study that demonstrated that building codes reduce financial losses in…

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August 5, 2020

Fast-spreading Apple Fire spurs evacuations in California

The Apple Fire prompted evacuations as it burned a portion of California’s Riverside County where 98 percent of the area was at high or extreme wildfire risk.

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May 27, 2020

Analyzing 2019 wildfire damage and property exposure

A new Verisk white paper, "Wildfire Risk Insight: An analysis of property exposure and wildfire damage in 2019," examines wildfire from multiple angles.

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March 5, 2020

As another wildfire season nears, explore best practices now

Recent years’ wildfire activity underscores how dynamic the risk can be as property insurers gear up for the 2020 season. Verisk’s FireLine tool can help.

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July 9, 2019

The future of drones is up in the air – Consider the risks carefully

How drones ultimately will be used is uncertain, but it’s clear that they will likely alter the risk landscape.

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May 14, 2019

Why Historic Buildings Such as Notre Dame are at Risk Under Restoration

The tragic fire this week at Notre Dame in Paris is a reminder that, while subject to the same natural catastrophe perils as modern structures nearby, historic buildings…

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May 14, 2019

Fighting Wildfire with Fire and Fuel Reduction

Wildfires need three things—conducive weather, a source of ignition, and a supply of fuel.

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May 8, 2019

Growing wildfire exposure feeds need to grasp risk factors

A record 2018 wildfire season in California, with signals suggesting more of the same to come, is driving insurers to seek better risk assessment tools.

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April 18, 2019

Reflections from the Camp Fire

In Paradise, California, after the historic Camp Fire, the sights were familiar to veterans of past fires but startling to visitors seeing a major wildfire scene for the…

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February 12, 2019

ISO recognized for commitment to disaster safety and resilience

Verisk's ISO business has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), a nonprofit organization that works to…

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February 11, 2019

California wildfire destruction aligns with identified risks

Property destruction from the November 2018 Camp and Woolsey Fires in California shows a strong correlation with areas identified as at risk by FireLine®, Verisk’s…

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January 4, 2019

Hot in here: Why it’s getting harder to fight house fires

It’s important for insurers to understand advances in fire science and how they assess a community’s adaptation to evolving challenges in fire protection.