Fed­eral ac­tion needed to avoid wild­fire dis­as­ters

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

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

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