Australia's catastrophic fires: takeaways for California

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A volunteer from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service works to extinguish spot fires following back burning operations in Mount Hay, in Australia’s Blue Mountains, December 28, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Jill Gralow.

Australian Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency this week in New South Wales due to a series of devastating bushfires forcing mass evacuations. This weekend, Australia’s coast is expecting temperatures of more than 100 degrees and continued high winds. So far, nearly $13 million acres have burned across the continent. The fires in Australia are all too familiar for Californians just coming out of a rash of bad wildfires.

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Scott Stephens - University of California, Berkeley - @ESPM_Berkeley

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Rico Gagliano

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Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Caleigh Wells