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Jerry Brown signed $1 billion in wildfire prevention—and none of it applies to the fires this year

By Laurel Rosenhall and Judy Lin / CALmatters | November 14, 2018

CA Fires

Heavy winds push embers from the Camp Fire up Highway 70 west of Pulga, Nov. 11, 2018.
(Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Protecting California from devastating wildfires was the Legislature’s biggest focus in this year’s session. Recognizing the urgency, lawmakers formed a special wildfire committee, heard from numerous experts, and, after several emotional debates, passed a $1 billion new law they said would “prevent catastrophic wildfires and protect Californians.”

Less than two months later, the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history swept through the mountain town of Paradise, killing at least 48 people and destroying 7,600 homes.

So, why didn’t the new law make a difference? (read complete article)

 


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