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Fire

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Lucy Walker captures the horror of California wildfires and explores the “global fire crisis” in a CBSN two-hour documentary.


After the first hour, the horror of fire is well established. Then another source of horror in the documentary begins. Reconstruction with the presumption of resilience with new re-building standards accompanied by comprehensive resistance to all forms of mitigation. Only the fire is permanent. Everything else can be taken to ash.

Embers function like a virus.


Destruction produces an unusual libertarian contract that Ms. Walker describes as a form of “self-immolation under the mantra of personal freedom,” Her European values are carried in no small part due to two horrifying wars of fire. This American reaction made her California experience seem “insurmountably foreign.”

Last word. The Westcoast fires may seem insurmountably foreign in the Northeast as well, but it is not.

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