Fire is a Fact of Life
California is home to some of the most scenic vistas in the world.
The natural beauty and mild, Mediterranean climate have attracted
millions to settle in the foothills, deserts and coastal valleys.
But living in California means learning to live with fire. That's
because our scenic vistas are fire-dependent. Fire cracks seed
casings, allowing our native plants to thrive. And it clears out dead
brush that can choke living plants and cut off food for wildlife.
So why are today's fires so devastating, destroying our
neighborhoods, taking our homes, possessions and even lives?
The answer lies in our own backyards.