Federal action needed to avoid wildfire disasters
Re: “Fire season? ‘It’s a fire year now’ ” (Page A1, July 2):
My heart goes out to the folks living in and around the fire-ravaged areas of Northern California who must be constantly living on edge due to the ongoing risk of wildfires occurring in their region.
The title of Joseph Geha’s excellent front-page story, “Fire season? ‘It’s a fire year now,’ ” pretty well sums things up.
According to Cal Fire spokesman, Chris Anthony, “Overall, this is the new normal for us. We’re seeing fires grow with greater intensity than what historically we’ve seen. The fires seem to be getting larger and more damaging across the landscape. … Extreme fire activity is becoming commonplace not only in the greater Bay Area region, but across California.”
Scientists have attributed this “new normal” to climate change. We must take action at the federal level, or our beautiful state will face even more destruction and devastation in the years to come. — Paula Danz, Los Altos