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 115 homes have been destroyed in the Mendocino Fire. Report with WikiTribune by writing, editing and offering ideas to pursue or resources that could help.
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- 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.
- Why were major towns spared from the Mendocino Complex Fire?
- Does the U.S. have a robust fire safety system, or a subpar one, compared to other countries?
- Would more logging, if done responsibly, make wildfires less intense in the future?
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People to interview:
- Michael Mann: Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University
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