Kansas Firefighters Accused of Harassing Former Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would cut size of Pennsylvania legislature; 75% spike in Los Angeles homelessness; a ‘permanent pollutant’ in Minnesota’s lakes; and an Oregon mayor’s gig-economy sidegig.

Deadly Mudflows Tear Through Southern California Neighborhoods

Emergency managers and first responders anticipated dealing with a second disaster in and near areas recently burned in wildfires. But the destruction is worse than expected in some places.

Class-Action Lawsuits Could Pressure Utilities to Update Practices Following Wildfires

Southern California Edison faces litigation and is accused of negligence following the largest fire on record in the Golden State.

Mapping the Post-Wildfire Landslide Risk in California’s Burn Zones

With heavy rain predicted in some areas, this U.S. Geological Survey tool shows where the hazards of highest concern are located.

With California’s Largest Wildfire on Record Nearly Contained, Officials Warn of New Danger

The Thomas Fire has been winding down but the risk of mudslides has put state and local agencies on alert. “Every canyon within this burn zone is at risk.”

Homeland Security Test Reveals Flaws in Emergency Responder Apps

A pilot test found cyber vulnerabilities or privacy issues in 32 out of 33 apps.

In California’s Wildfires, a Looming Threat to Climate Goals

The state’s environmental regulations are known to be stringent, but they have limits: They apply only to human-caused emissions.

De-energized Power Lines Can’t Spark Wildfires

It’s a simple strategy: Let technology tell you exactly when to cut power in weather conditions that can fuel a major blaze. But utilities and regulators still have to learn how to do it right.

Santa Ana Winds Fuel Quickly Moving Fire in Southern California

After an already difficult year across the West, dangerous fire weather conditions continue in parts of the Golden State.

Spending on State and Local Environment and Interior Programs Spared Big Cuts in Senate Plan

But there aren’t huge boosts in the appropriations proposal either for programs that are significant for states and localities.

California Wildfires Threaten Wine Industry

Businesses that account for the majority of Napa County’s economic output and employ almost half its workers by the thousands are at risk.

Rethinking Hazard Mapping After Wildfires Entered Urban Areas Thought to Be ‘Unburnable’

Local officials across the West should pay attention to what happened to one devastated neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California.

FirstNet Seeks Disaster Response Apps

The goal is to “tap into the expertise and creativity of the developer community to drive innovation for public safety," according to the public safety telecommunications network's CEO.

Why Sonoma County Decided Against Using Mass Alerts Ahead of Deadly Wildfires

Officials feared using the system would do more harm than good.

Diablo Winds Fuel Massive Wildfires in California Wine Country

An already bad wildfire season in Western states just got even worse.

New Mexico’s CIO on FirstNet: ‘The Pressure Is On Now’

WATCH: The state’s IT secretary, Darryl Ackley, discusses the huge decisionpoint for states on building a nationwide public safety broadband network, and his focus on “trying to future-proof” his agency.

Wildfires Put State Budgets Under Pressure

The federal government spent more than $2 billion on fires from Florida to Washington this year. States spend untold millions more.

2017’s Destructive Wildfire Season Sets New Record

STATE AND LOCAL WEEKEND ROUNDUP | Unrest and arrests continue in St. Louis; Texas prisoners added to federal lawsuit; and another wake-up call for vulnerable South Carolina communities.

Harvey Aid Bill Also Aims to Ease Financial Pressure for Agencies Fighting Wildfires

Firefighting costs are expected to exceed budgeted amounts by about $300 million this year.