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Wildfire season: How to stop California burning

By Dave Lee

10 Aug 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

California has seen some of the worst wildfires in all of the US, drawing global attention for over a decade. Read this article to discover how authorities are trying to mitigate them.

In the Napa Valley, private groups and local businesses are doing what they can to mitigate fire riskMost people driving through Napa County, California’s famed wine region, see only beauty. Steven Burgess sees something different. Spotting clumps of juniper along the edge of a multimillion dollar property, he calls out the combustible shrub’s local nickname: “green gasoline!”

The 49-year-old volunteer firefighter and former vintner is giving the Financial Times a history tour, pointing out the scars of mega blazes that have intensified here and around the world over the past decade, capturing global attention and concern.

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