Editorials

The increasing toll on California firefighters on the front lines

A photo from Yosemite National Park shows a firefighter participating in efforts to battle the Ferguson Fire.
A photo from Yosemite National Park shows a firefighter participating in efforts to battle the Ferguson Fire. Yosemite National Park/National Park Service Instagram page.

Across California, 14,000 firefighters are battling 16 major wildfires, including the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest one in the state’s recorded history. It takes courage and herculean efforts to prevail over Mother Nature, and sometimes they lose their lives protecting us.

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