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.theguardian - 28 days ago

What Trump gets wrong about wildfires, by a fire scientist

The president blamed ‘poor forest management’ for the state’s crisis. But much of the area burning isn’t forestYou cannot possibly understand what it means to live with the risk of wildfire until you have to do so.I’m a fire scientist and have spent most of my adult life in the flammable south-west. At the start of the fire season, you pack up the things in your house you cannot replace and stage them so they are ready to be thrown into the car. You make a plan for your family and your pets. You identify escape routes and put together a bag with clothing and you spend the summer alert to smoke, radio reports, and evacuation notices. Continue reading...

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