California Increases Wildfire Budget, But Will It Be Enough?

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A truck burns as fire ravages the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

California is adding $536 million to the budget for wildfire prevention.  The money will go toward efforts including forest and vegetation management and the retrofitting and fireproofing of homes.  As the state enters a second year of drought following 2020’s record number of acres burned, some experts are raising concerns that the state isn’t going  far enough to avoid a crisis.  We'll hear about efforts underway to prevent another catastrophic wildfire season.


Julie Cart, environment reporter, CalMatters

Don Hankins, professor of geography and planning, California State University, Chico

Craig Clements, professor of meteorology, director, Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, San Jose State University