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.


Dale Kasler, staff writer covering water and the environment, Sacramento Bee

Chris Field, director, Stanford Woods Institute

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