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The Pile Of Problems That Led To The Camp Fire

Photo courtesy of Paul Weingartner

November 8th marked the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire.  When the smoke finally cleared, most of the town of Paradise, California was gone, and 85 people were dead. 

A number of factors, both long-term and immediate, led to the fire and its enormous devastation.  Mark Arax pointed these out in a piece earlier this year in California Sunday magazine. 

Arax is the author of a book on California water policy and history, The Dreamt Land.  He joined us to talk about that project a few months ago.  He returns to talk about greed, corruption, and the other factors he says led to the Camp Fire.  

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