Diana Leonard

science writer covering natural hazards in California

Diana Leonard on KCRW

A wind-driven brush fire sparked in Santa Barbara on Monday afternoon. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as the Cave Fire spreads.

How California can improve its fire warning system: Lessons from Australia

A wind-driven brush fire sparked in Santa Barbara on Monday afternoon. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as the Cave Fire spreads.

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