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Logging could make California forests more resilient, but supply chain woes abound
Sawmills are poised to play a big role in making California more resilient to wildfires, but there may not be enough of them to go around.
California wants more utilities to bury electrical lines
A bill awaiting Governor Gavin Newsom's signature would expedite permitting.
California's wildfire season is approaching. How is the state preparing?
"You can pay kind of a lot to get us where we need to be on the front end of a disaster...or you could pay twice or three times as much to rebuild and recover," said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
Incarcerated California youths, trained to fight wildfires, may now be able to find similar jobs once released
A recently passed law allows some young people trained in firefighting to have their records expunged, opening doors to employment.
Can winemakers salvage grapes tainted by wildfire smoke?
Scientists are looking at ways to determine if grapes from smoky areas can still be used, without adding an unpleasant ashy taste to wine.
California utility PG&E agrees to pay $55 million settlement to avoid fire prosecution
Attorneys said they decided to pursue a civil prosecution instead of criminal charges to "maximize the return to the fire victims rather than to seek criminal penalties."
California's wildfire building codes make newer homes less likely to burn
But up to 14 million homes were built before fire safety measures took effect. Some insurers now offer discounts for risk reduction.
How quickly can communities recover from wildfires?
A new report looks at how resilient different parts of the country are to the threat of wildfires, and the long term displacement of people from their homes.
California orders insurers not to drop homeowners in wildfire-prone areas
With the risk of wildfire rising, it's become harder for some homeowners to find coverage.
As wildfires rage, infrastructure bill aims to mitigate their impact
As it stands, the bill would fund several agencies' efforts to predict, control and plan for blazes caused by climate change.