Article originally published at Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
Experts long have warned that climate change will exacerbate the conditions that cause wildfires. In California, it is frighteningly easy to see that those predictions are coming true — right here and right now. Last year’s catastrophic wildfires in the North Bay were the most destructive in the state, but we were far from the only ones affected by fire. Responding to fire effectively will require that communities work together.
The state Legislature needs to listen to those who warn that last year’s fire season almost certainly represents a new normal for the state. Lawmakers must heed recommendations from fire departments and the League of California Cities calling for a more substantial investment in California’s mutual aid system.