Center for Environmental Reporting

Perscribed Burn USDAThe Camp Fire was the most destructive fire in California’s history. 19,000 homes were destroyed and at least 85 people were killed. But with so many fuel-laden forests, the question becomes not why this happened, but why we haven’t seen more disasters of this scale? Matt Fidler, the creator of the podcast and radio series “California Burning” has the story. 
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(Image: A firefighter uses a drip torch to ignite a prescribed burn. Credit: Liz Younger, United States Forest Service.)
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