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.

Guests:

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

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