Randy Larsen

These Are the Good Old Days

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Randy Larsen is a philosophy professor at UC-Chico in California. He lives in Butte Creek Canyon, directly across from Paradise, which was destroyed in the November 2018 Camp Fire.

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Wildfire and Climate Change

PARADISE, California — Wildfires have made and remade the California landscape for centuries. But in recent years, they have spread farther and become deadlier, and the fire season itself has grown longer. Nine of the 10 most destructive fires in recorded California history have occurred since 2000. Topping the grim list as we began work on the American Climate project was the November 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 85 people and incinerated more than 18,000 structures — including virtually the entire town of Paradise. Fires once again exploded all over the state in 2019, with the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County alone consuming an area double the size of San Francisco and steadily moving toward the city of Santa Rosa.

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