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In Wake of Dixie Fire, California Confronts How to Tackle and Afford Catastrophic Wildfires

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A firefighter monitors the Dixie Fire as it burns close to a home on August 16, 2021 near Janesville, California.  (Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)

PG&E announced this week that it’s the subject of a federal investigation for its possible role in causing the Dixie Fire, the second largest in California history. The utility also said it’s likely to amass at least $1.15 billion in losses associated with the fire, which burned one million acres and destroyed the Northern California town of Greenville.  We’ll hear  what’s next for PG&E.  We’ll also talk about the high cost of fighting wildfire in the state, and the lessons that can be drawn from California’s battles with recent mega-fires, which are expected to become more frequent as the climate gets hotter and drier.

Guests:

Dale Kasler, staff writer covering water and the environment, Sacramento Bee<br /> <br />

Chris Field, director, Stanford Woods Institute<br />

Kelly Martin, president, Grassroots Wildland Firefighters; retired chief of fire and aviation, Yosemite National Park

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