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Poll: Californians see the threat of wildfire as now much more serious than in the past

Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies
  • 74% of California voters believe the threat that wildfires now pose to the state is much more serious than it has been in the past. This view is shared by large majorities of voters across all major regions
  • 38% feel it is highly likely that wildfires will cause serious damage to the homes in their local area within the next ten years -- including 8% who say wildfires have already caused serious damage to area homes
  • 66% believe climate change is a major factor contributing to the greater number of wildfires in the state in recent years
  • 54% have little confidence in government’s ability to protect their local area from the threat of wildfire