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How can we adjust to the increasing risk of wildfires?

Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of Thousands In San Diego Area

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A firefighter hoses flames at the Cocos fire on May 15, 2014 in San Marcos, California. Fire agencies throughout the state are scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a dangerous year of wildfires in this third year of extreme drought in California.

While the fires that broke out last week San Diego County are now almost fully contained, California is bracing for what could be the worst fire season ever. 

This week, Governor Jerry Brown drew a direct link between climate change, the drought and wildfires. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Governor Brown warned that Californians have to prepare for the worst:

"We've got to deal with it. We've already appropriated $600 million. We have 5,000 firefighters. We're going to need thousands more. And in the years to come, we're going to have to make very expensive investments and adjust. And the people are going to have to be careful of how they live, how they build their homes and what kind of vegetation is allowed to grow around them."

Economist Ray Rasker, Executive Director of Headwaters Economics, joins Take Two to talk about what people can do to adjust to the increasing risk of wildfires.


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