California struggles to determine who will pay for fires

Aug 28, 2018
Wildfires are expected to be deadlier and costlier in coming years. State utilities say they can't afford to keep paying for damages.
Firefighters conduct a controlled burn to defend houses from the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, as it continues to spread toward the town of Upper Lake, California, on Aug. 2.
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What tech can — and can't — do to prevent and put out wildfires

Dec 14, 2017
A Berkeley lab is using drones and LiDAR to map fire fuel and understand how it burns.
Firefighters light backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California, on Dec. 9.
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