Today, we are 11 days into the seventh largest fire in California's history. And it's not over yet. As of this morning, the "Rim Fire" has burned 187,000 acres, including our beloved Berkeley family camp.
With the record-breaking heat, drought, and fire storms of the summer of 2012, followed by a horrendous start to the 2013 fire season, most of us want to do what we can to improve the chances that our home will survive a local wildfire.
These fires reflect unprecedented conditions. Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are the highest they have been in at least 800,000 years, largely the result of rapidly growing use of coal, oil and natural gas.