Category: Fire

Opinion: Primary factor creating wildfire risk is land use
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Opinion: Primary factor creating wildfire risk is land use

Until counties stop building houses in high-risk areas, threat of wildfires will continue to increase This op-ed was originally published in the Mercury News.  Click this link for the original online article. As still more wildfires hit California this fall, we remain in denial about the primary cause of our disastrous wildfire risks. Climate change...

Saving Homes and Lives from Wildfire
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Saving Homes and Lives from Wildfire

The recent enormous losses of homes and lives due to devastating wildfires in California have highlighted a fundamental flaw in the state’s traditional approach to wildfire, which in the past has focused on vegetation rather than what should be our greatest priority – our homes and people’s lives. While wildfire in our Mediterranean climate is...

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NEWS RELEASE: Environmentalists call for fewer new monster mansions on hillsides following the Santa Cruz Mountains fire

(CGF sent out the following news release yesterday. -Brian) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2008 PRESS CONTACTS:Brian Schmidt, Legislative Advocatephone (650) 968-7243, Environmentalists call for fewer new monster mansions on hillsides following the Santa Cruz Mountains fire Committee for Green Foothills called today for the Santa Clara County to reconsider environmental reforms that would reduce...

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Checking out the Henry Coe Park fire (or trying to)

I went Sunday to Henry Coe State Park, planning to hike out to the areas that had been burnt in the fire last month. Unfortunately, park officials have closed all trails leading into or even along the burnt area. This seems hard to justify – it’s hard to imagine that fire-fighting equipment has done so...

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