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What needs to change to address the crisis of worsening wildfires?

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Dennis W. Goff

  More than 80 lives have been lost in multiple fires blazing around California. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes and hundreds of square miles have been scorched.

Rain is in the forecast, but that could trigger ash and mud flows, which bring their own dangers as rescuers search for more than 800 missing people. What’s needed to address this crisis, and what needs to change to prepare for future wildfires?


Nuala Sawyer, news editor for SF Weekly

Glen MacDonald, John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography at UCLA and Director of the White Mountain Research Center


Michael Wara, senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment

Web Resources:

BuzzFeed News: There’s No Looking Away From This Year’s California Fires

NPR: What Policymakers Are Trying To Do About Wildfires As They Become More Destructive

Daily Beast: Climate Scientist Driven From Home by California Wildfire Rips ‘Uninformed’ Trump

SF Weekly: The Biggest Loss in Paradise? Its Elders.

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.