Defending LA-s Wildfire Flashpoints

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Fire season began earlier than usual this year, and it could be more dangerous than because of unusually dry brush, a prolonged drought and gusty Santa Ana winds. That-s especially true in Malibu and Topanga Canyon, where residents are facing conditions like those that produced the monster forest fires in Arizona and Colorado, infernos so hot and fast-moving they create their own weather. Is it time for residents with rustic woodlands around their homes to get super-scoopers, those big airplanes that dump thousands of gallons of water? We hear from a resident who agrees, and a County Fire Chief and landscape designer who don-t.
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California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee


LA Department of Water and Power

LA County Fire Department



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton