It's midday. Smoke drifts around you and your exhausted fellow firefighters. You snap a quick picture of yourself to let your wife and three kids know...
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Can we change our land-use patterns and fire-safety behavior to avoid tragic deaths and property loss during these wildfires, and reduce the millions of dollars spent fighting them?
Yesterday, just as we were peaking the cranky meter, Mike Dietrich, the U.S. Forest Service incident commander, said the California Station Fire had turned from "angry" to "cranky."
The Los Angeles times reports on some Californians' worst fears -- that the wildfires put something bad in the air:
It was full of tiny particles -- ...
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