PG&E Corp. says its equipment probably ignited the Camp fire, the deadliest fire in California history. The utility has declared bankruptcy.
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They call them "Freaks on the Peaks". A few years ago thousands of people spent their summers on mountaintops, living in remote lookout towers and scanning the surrounding wilderness for signs of smoke. Now only a few hundred remain.
In 2004, in Haines Junction, Yukon, the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) identified the need for a new, strategic approach to wildland fire management, based on a risk-management framework. In 2005, at the CCFM meeting in Saskatoon, the ministers signed the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy.
When a wildfire in northern British Columbia grew large enough to threaten people and property Emergency Info BC tweeted a link to information about evacuation alerts and orders in Fort St. John. The problem with that was, the evacuation alerts weren't in Fort St. John and panic ensued.