In summary

After years of catastrophic wildfires, California lawmakers and taxpayers are eager to protect the state—but it won’t be easy. It’s expensive. It will take time. And Californians will have to think of fire not just as a destroyer, but also as a tool.

After years of catastrophic wildfires, California lawmakers and taxpayers are eager to protect the state—but it won’t be easy. It’s expensive. It will take time. And Californians will have to think of fire not just as a destroyer, but also as a tool.

With year-round wildfires becoming a way of life here, and with climate change creating more combustible conditions, more destructive and deadly fires are in the forecast. Can the state adjust to this new reality? What do we know about how to make the Golden State more fireproof–and what are we willing to do?

CALmatters’ reporter Julie Cart explains what it will take to help shield the state from devastating wildfires, and why its hard for lawmakers to enforce those kinds of restrictions.  Watch the video for an overview, then go deeper by exploring our in-depth explainer card deck.

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Byrhonda Lyons is a national award-winning video journalist for CalMatters. She creates compelling multimedia stories about how California policy affects people’s everyday lives. From the state’s mental...