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Cities, counties, homeowners: Who is responsible for wildfire prevention?

from Austin American-Statesman

Fifty years ago, a lightning strike could spark a big fire in the wooded areas outside of Austin that could naturally clear out underbrush and dead vegetation. Then suburban development put homes and businesses in what had been mostly empty country. When flames threatened life or property, rural and volunteer fire departments did what they were trained to do: Move quickly to put them out. The unfortunate side effect of that, fire officials now say, has been an overgrowth of brush, trees and other wildfire fuels. more


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