INTERVIEW: Calmatters Environmental Reporter Julie Cart

Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

 

Filling in for Pat, Michelle talks to Calmatter’s Environmental Reporter Julie Cart about the climate’s role in wildfires, how forests contribute to the danger, how the federal government is approaching the crisis and state bills that address fire dangers: