Los Angeles Times

Editorial: California is on fire. It won't be the last time. Let's get ready

From the north and from the south, California is on fire.

While communities in the Midwest woke up Saturday to snow on the ground, many Californians arose to a more threatening scene: their neighborhoods blanketed in a layer of ash, and the air thick with smoke.

Even from a distance, it's hard to fathom the terror, the damage and the loss. Families scrambling to gather their precious belongings as the flames move closer. Displaced residents riveted to the

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