Another Drone Intrusion Grounds Aircraft Fighting Western Wildfires

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trillions of quagga mussels carpet Lake Michigan ... pulling back on San Francisco's citywide broadband ambitions … and New Mexico’s brain drain.

Crews Battling Wildfires Won’t Be Pausing for July 4

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ky. Gov. Bevin cuts vision and dental benefits … Wash. lt. gov. skewers Seattle Times edit board … Hawaii’s sunscreen ban … and a Dallas jail escapee’s easy escape.

Florida Investigators Pinpoint Cause of Destructive Wildfire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif. online privacy legislation … N.Y.C. rent hike vote … Cincinnati police cuts restored … and St. Louis targets illegal trash.

Funding Steady for Environment, Interior Programs in Senate Bill

The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.

West Virginia to Start Statewide Distribution of Naloxone to First Responders

“This is not the end all answer to the opioid crisis, but it is certainly a significant step forward in the right direction,” according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, the state’s health officer.

Monitoring Fire Truck Health in Real Time

For fire departments, nothing is more problematic than an out-of-service rig.

New Research Shows 9/11 First Responders Are Twice as Likely to Develop Blood Cancer

In the chaos of that day, they were exposed to unprecedented levels of aerosolized dust from the collapsed World Trade Center skyscrapers.

A New Way Drone Hobbyists Are Endangering First Responders

Amateurs flying unmanned aerial vehicles have previously grounded firefighting aircraft. Now, their devices are actually sparking wildfires.

Homeland Security Wants Industry Input on Wearable Tech for First Responders

Wearables are great—but they can't get in the way when firefighters and paramedics do their jobs.

Homeland Security to Put First Responder Tech to the Test

Can commercial tech hold up in a mock disaster? The agency’s Science and Technology Directorate wants to find out.

Fire Escapes Are Evocative, But Mostly Useless

In the 19th century, fire escapes saved tenement dwellers from peril. Today they are more likely to cause harm than to prevent it.

Here’s How to Counter Fake News During a Disaster

A Homeland Security Department advisory group wants to help emergency responders control the social media conversation.

This Small California District Discovered Earthquake Risks It Never Knew It Had

One Concern is helping the Woodside Fire Protection District shore up disaster resilience with hazard modeling.

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.”