Wildfires continue to threaten communities, ecosystems, and economies worldwide. With the increased risk and frequency of catastrophic weather events, the continuous need to reassess and update models has challenged insurance professionals.
Melted remains of an old car tire. Heavily burned trees. A charred stump of an abandoned utility pole. Investigators are examining these and other pieces of evidence as they seek to solve the mystery of last month’s deadly Maui wildfire...
Hawaii courts soon may have to address a novel legal question related to the Maui wildfires: whether allowing invasive grass to grow unheeded on one’s property is the legal equivalent of keeping radioactive waste, dynamite or a dangerous wild animal.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission initiated a sweeping inquiry of Hawaiian Electric Co. this week, and, among other things, ordered the utility to reveal by Monday any liability insurance the company has available to cover legal claims related to the Aug. 8 fires on Maui.
Three law firms filed a class-action lawsuit against Hawaiian Electric on Saturday, alleging that the utility’s downed power lines significantly contributed to the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century.
Data released by the Pacific Disaster Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has painted a harrowing picture of the aftermath of the Lahaina wildfire. As of August 11th, a staggering 2,207 structures have fallen victim to the relentless blaze.