Steps to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires in California

Kim Noyes

Three experts share their views on what policy makers can do

California’s devastating 2019 wildfires have slowly been brought under control. But they could be just a taste of what’s to come, and not just in California, if forecasts for increasing heat and dryness continue, and as homes and other new construction continue their spread into formerly undeveloped areas.

San Francisco-based PG&E Corp. is struggling to ensure its electrical systems’ safety. It angered customers earlier this fall by shutting off power to millions in an attempt to prevent further wildfires. Yet despite...

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