Just in time for PG&E's "public safety power shutoff" - our discussion about living in a high-risk wildfire zone

We uploaded this podcast just as PG&E did its scheduled-in-advance power shutdown in Butte, Nevada and Yuba Counties, but there are plenty of other people in California’s high-risk zones who can listen and learn during this latest Red Flag Warning period.

We took a road trip to hold this conversation (our 50th event!) at the lovely Gold Rush town of Auburn because, according to Cal Fire maps, it sits in the “high” risk zone of wildfire hazards, and it’s right next to the “very high” risk zone that includes much of the Sierra Nevadas, including Paradise, Grass Valley and Nevada City, and all of Lake Tahoe.

For our second event focusing on “Wildfire Season,” we’re talking with a great group of panelists whose jobs involved making a lot of big decisions about the wildfires that hit California in the past few years. They explain those decisions and what it means to live in a risk zone for wildfires, and give advice on what you need to know, how you need to prepare; how things are changing, from forest management and firefighting to utility usage and homeowners’ insurance policies; and how all that will probably change your lifestyle and the place you live.

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* Todd Leopold, county executive officer for Placer County
* Michael Picker, newly-retired president of the California Public Utilities Commission
* Ken Pimlott, newly-retired chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire)
* Seren Taylor, senior legislative advocate for the Personal Insurance Federation of California