Dozens of additional fires in California sparked by lightning

Posted on August 16th, 2014 No Comments

Hundreds of people in Northern California were evacuated after dozens of additional wildfires caused by lightning afflicted the area, an article in the Washington Post stated on August 1. At least 120 people in Modoc County were already displaced from their homes due to the severe fire, and over 700 hundred fire crews are having difficulties […]

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Thousands flee San Diego wildfires

Posted on May 16th, 2014 No Comments

Thousands of people in San Diego, California were displaced from their homes and classes were cancelled due to huge separate wildfires, the Chicago Tribune reported on May 15. Evacuation advisories were given to thousands of residents and California State University students after a series of wildfires broke out on May 14. Over 9,000 acres were […]

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Man says he’s guilty of filing a false Bastrop fire FEMA claim

Posted on March 13th, 2013 No Comments

A man pleaded guilty to filing a false claim that his house was destroyed in the Bastrop County wildfire, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office report . 53-year-old Manuel Hernandez was charged with applying for benefits through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a house he owned in Paige that was burned in the […]

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Bastrop ISD Receives Waiver on Some Academic Requirements

Posted on January 17th, 2013 No Comments

Schools in Bastrop Independent School District that were ravaged by wildfires in 2011 have received a break in the form of federal academic requirement waivers as they still face difficulties recovering. Specifically, schools in the district have been waived from having to submit “adequate yearly progress requirements”. Because of the devastating fires that affected many […]

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Electrical Lines Likely Responsible for 2011 Steiner Ranch Fire

Posted on November 20th, 2012 No Comments

According to a statement from the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the devastating fire that ravaged the Steiner Ranch subdivision in 2011 was most likely caused by arching electrical lines that made contact with drought-stricken grass. Investigators came to this conclusion after eliminating other possible causes of the fire. According […]

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