WATCH: Governor candidates on how they would tackle California wildfires

Rivals for the governor’s office Gavin Newsom and John Cox agree that wildfires pose an alarming threat to California—but what would they do to prevent and combat them? We asked the question. Here’s what they told us—from Newsom’s call for the state to be more aggressive in clearing dead trees and brush to Cox’s advocacy of more logging and skepticism about how much the state’s paying state firefighters.

These two will face off in November for the governorship.

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