Summary of “The California Sunday Magazine”

“Did fire come to Paradise or did Paradise go to the fire?” I asked.
On his director’s watch, the big fires began to erupt: the Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire in 1991 that killed 25 people, injured 150 others, and destroyed 3,000 houses; the Old Topanga Fire two years later that scorched 18,000 acres, destroyed 359 houses, left three people dead, and would have burned down Pepperdine University, if not for the response of his firefighters.
The most the fire agency could muster was that locals “Should” include a consideration of fire danger when approving growth.
Each battle required air tankers, helicopters, bulldozers, all-terrain fire engines, thousands of firefighters and inmate conservation workers, hundreds of fire stations, and a statewide communications system.
Cal Fire manned fire stations throughout the wildland-urban interface.
During my first visit to Paradise, Joan Degischer remembered getting a phone call from PG&E on November 7, the evening before the fire.
“The drought did not start the fire. Global warming did not start the fire. PG&E started it. What do we do? Does the judge just turn a blind eye and say, ‘PG&E, continue your business as usual. Kill more people by starting more fires’?”.
During the same period, Southern California Edison caused 344 fires, with seven greater than 300 acres.

The orginal article.