True Cost of Wildfires: Thousands Dead, and $150 Billion in Economic Losses

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A home burns in Vacaville on August 19, 2020, where the Hennessey Fire is raging. The fire is one of seven blazes that's part of the LNU Lightning Complex fires. (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

How Can California Be Better Prepared for Wildfires?

This year California saw some of the most destructive wildfires in state history, blazes that when combined scorched more than three million acres. Fires also destroyed or damaged thousands of structures and killed dozens of people.
Guest: Yana Valachovic, UCANR Forest Advisor

True Cost of Wildfires: Thousands Dead, and $150 Billion in Economic Losses

A new study on the comprehensive cost of wildfires, estimates that the 2018 California wildfires led to thousands of deaths, far more than the official count. It also cost the state around $150 Billion Dollars. That larger number factors in the harm of air pollution, and the broader economic impacts of these disasters.
Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED

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