Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said regulators are united in their opposition toward retroactively forcing insurers to cover business interruption claims that were excluded in their policies.
There have been at least 296 wildfires in Washington so far this year, with 25% burning west of the Cascade mountains. Finding water while fighting wildfires isn't always easy, but the DNR hopes its new pumpkin tanks will come in handy.
State governments play an oft-overlooked role in paying for natural disasters. As disasters become more expensive, frequent and severe, states are under increasing pressure from federal policymakers to invest more in emergency management capabilities.
Workplace infections have been soaring, while protective gear has been in chronically short supply. Some workers have kept quiet, fearing retribution. But a growing number have resorted to protests, walkouts and even strikes.
So far this year, Washington state has seen nearly 300 fires. In a typical season, around 100 burn. As we enter the summer months, warmer and drier than average conditions could also increase wildfire risk.
Washington state leaders are predicting an extremely challenging wildfire season this year with drier conditions and limited help from the feds and other states because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.