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By Don C. Brunell
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Reducing Wildfire Risk Imperative

 

November 29, 2018



By Don C. Brunell

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows, they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands.

This year, with nearly 4.8 million acres already burned in the U.S. and wildfires finally contained in California, is shaping up to continue a trend that has seen the 10 worst fire seasons since 1960 in terms of acres burned, U.S. News reports.

AccuWeather predicts the total economic loss to California when everything is tabulated in 2018 will be $400 billion--equivalent to two percent of our nation’s GDP (total out...



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