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WikiTribune journalist Charles Turner is reporting from the Mendocino Complex Fire this week. Now the largest wildfire in California’s history, on August 13 a firefighter was reportedly killed (USA Today) while tackling the blaze.

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Once the fire has been brought under control, residents face the prospect of returning home, and preparing for the next one. “In California, it’s not a question of if the next fire comes, it’s when,” said Jonathan Cox, battalion chief and information officer with Cal Fire.

WikiTribune wants to look into the aftermath of these destructive fires and the complex world of land and home recovery after a devastating blaze.

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At least 100 homes have been destroyed in the Mendocino Fire, according to local media outlet KCRA3Report with WikiTribune by writing, editing and offering ideas to pursue or resources that could help. 

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  1. Have you, or anyone you know, suffered from a wildfire and can contribute to this story as it grows? Edit this article, add TALK comments or fill out this surveyhttps://wikitribune-2.forms.fm/wildfires/forms/5343
  2. What are the various interest groups involved in the aftermath of a major fire? This includes fire departments, government/tax offices, insurance/bank representatives, developers/contractors, environmental groups, politicians and property owners themselves.
  3. Why were major towns spared from the Mendocino Complex Fire?
  4. Does the U.S. have a robust fire safety system, or a subpar one, compared to other countries?
  5. Would more logging, if done responsibly, make wildfires less intense in the future?

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People to interview:

  1. Michael Mann: Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University

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Firefighters tackle a blaze near torching trees as wildfire burns near Yosemite National Park in this US Forest Service photo from California, U.S., August 6, 2018. Courtesy USFS/Yosemite National Park/Handout via REUTERS
Firefighters tackle a blaze near torching trees as wildfire burns near Yosemite National Park in this US Forest Service photo from California, U.S., August 6, 2018. Courtesy USFS/Yosemite National Park/Handout via REUTERS

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