Weather Wildfires

  • What the wildfires are costing us

    It's not your imagination—forest fires really are getting worse.

  • A firefighter battles the Blue Cut wildfire burning near Cajon Pass, north of San Bernardino, California on August 16, 2016.

    A fast-growing wildfire triggered evacuation orders for more than 82,000 California residents, NBC News reports.

  • OTTAWA, July 29- Canada's economy suffered its biggest one-month contraction in May since March 2009 as wildfires in northern Alberta caused a sharp drop in oil extraction, reinforcing expectations that the economy shrank in the second quarter. The wildfires that started in May around the Fort McMurray area in Alberta disrupted production in the province's...

  • A fire fighting aircraft (L) drops fire retardant as its spotting plane (R) follows above power lines over one of two wildfires in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, California.

    A massive wildfire is still raging in California, as more than a dozen homes have been destroyed and thousands have been forced to leave their homes.

  • California wildfire triples in size

    A sand fire north of Los Angeles continues to grow, driven by hot, dry and windy conditions.

  • "Investors and certified analysts are trying to figure out how much underlying margins will shrink, going forward," Amit Kumar, an analyst at Macquarie Research, told Reuters. Insurers have also been hit by claims stemming from hail storms in Texas, earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador and floods in Europe during the quarter. Pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of...

  • Travelers said its second-quarter earnings were hit by a series of weather-related and other natural disasters, including the Fort McMurray wildfires in Canada's Alberta oil sands region. Insurers have also been flooded with claims stemming from hail storms in Texas, earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador as well as floods in Europe. Travelers' net income fell 18...

  • Travelers said its earnings were hit by a series of weather-related and other natural disasters, including the Fort McMurray wildfires in Canada's Alberta oil sands region. Hail storms in Texas, earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador and floods in Europe also hit insurers during the quarter. Travelers' net income fell to $664 million, or $2.24 per share, in the second...

  • Landowners and the state are relying on hungry animals to lower the risk of wildfires.

  • Multiple weather events in the United States, which included hail storms in Texas, earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, floods in Europe and wildfires in Fort McMurray in Canada were among the natural catastrophes covered in the company's loss estimate. The Zurich- based insurer said on Tuesday it expects pre-tax losses to total $390 million in the second quarter,...

  • CALGARY, July 7- Insured losses from the May wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, are expected to total C $3.58 billion, making it the costliest-ever Canadian natural disaster, an insurance industry group said on Thursday. The losses far exceed those from the Alberta floods of 2013, which cost about C $1.7 billion in claims, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said in a...

  • CALGARY, July 7- Insured losses from the May wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, are expected to total C $3.58 billion, making it the costliest-ever Canadian natural disaster, an industry group for the country's insurers said on Thursday. The losses far exceed those from the Alberta floods of 2013, which cost about C $1.7 billion in claims, according to the...

  • CALGARY, July 7- Insured losses from the May wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, are expected to total C $3.58 billion, making it the costliest-ever Canadian natural disaster, an industry group for the country's insurers said on Thursday. The losses exceed the North American ice storm in 1998 and the Alberta floods of 2013, which both cost about C $1.9 billion,...

  • Scorching heat fuels California wildfires

    NBC's Steve Patterson reports on the wildfires that have burned some 5,400 acres so far in California.

  • Deadly heat wave fueling Western wildfires

    Soaring temperatures across the Southwest are spurring wildfires and forcing evacuations.

  • Nearly 8,000 acres burned in Cali. wildfire

    NBC's Leanne Gregg reports on the impact and intensity of the Sherpa Wildfire in California.

  • Triple-digit heat wave on the way

    Residents in Arizona, California and Nevada face scorching temperatures ahead, as hot as 120-degrees in the next few days.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 8- Oil sands producers Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Cenovus Energy shut projects and evacuated workers at Pelican Lake facilities in northern Alberta as wildfires threatened western Canadian output for the second time in a five weeks. Cenovus shut operations and evacuated all 118 workers from its 23,000- barrel-per-day...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 8- Oil sands producers Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Cenovus Energy shut projects and evacuated workers at Pelican Lake projects in northern Alberta as wildfires again threaten western Canadian output just as production begins to recover. Cenovus shut operations and evacuated all 118 workers from its 23,000-...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 8- Two separate wildfires have shuttered oil sands operations in northern Alberta, forcing producers to halt hundreds of thousands of barrels per day of production. A blaze in the Wabasca region discovered on Tuesday prompted Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd to shut in 23,800 barrels. Meanwhile oil companies are...