More Than $1 Billion Spent Fighting California Fires in 2008

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Burned Home, Big Sur

We highly recommend this LA Times report on the high cost of fighting last year’s fires and, more interestingly, on the reasons why measures to improve fire safety and/or reduce costs aren’t getting enacted (Hint: Certain people think it’s better that taxpayers shoulder the cost of massive fire suppression efforts than that developers take measures to make the neighborhoods they’re building more fire safe).

A lot of this isn’t directly applicable to our area – but it IS affecting us. These political shenanigans will determine, for instance, whether funding and/or incentives for fuel reduction programs ever become a reality.

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