Wildfires are getting worse; here’s how to fix it

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August 11, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Firefighters battle huge flames and heavy smoke Thursday in Lake Elsinore, Calif. LOS ANGELES TIMES/GINA FERAZZI/TNS

The Sacramento Bee

For 37 years, I was a firefighter. The worst fires in our history are occurring now.

In the wildland-urban interface, where the forest meets cities, we are suffering increasing losses and working harder with less success. Fires are getting bigger. Damages are increasing. Fire budgets are at an all-time high, yet fires destroy greater numbers of homes and critical infrastructure than ever before.

These so-called “WUI” fires are not simply forest fires. Nor are they urban fires; they lie in between.

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