California Fires Part Of Trend Involving Wildfires Becoming More Catastrophic

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:59pm
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:27pm

More than 40 people have died in the fires that have extended a path of destruction through Northern California. It’s part of a trend involving wildfires becoming more catastrophic year after year.

Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have filed an amendment to the U.S. Senate’s budget proposal that would give more money for the U.S. Forest Service to fight wildfires.

This year is the most expensive wildfire year on record, with more than $2 billion having been spent.

To learn more, I’m joined by Scott Stephens. He is a professor of Fire Science at UC-Berkeley.

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