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To get closer to the story,

I am Type II Wildland Firefighter certified.

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Since the CZU Lightning Complex Fire ignited, I’ve been on the ground covering the blaze and its impacts on the Santa Cruz community for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, NPR, KQED and KAZU.

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Gov. Newsom visits Big Basin State Park, says CZU fire impact exemplifies climate change

The Santa Cruz Sentinel | August 17, 2021

Sunday’s Big Basin fire “part of the natural process,” State Parks scientist says

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News, The East Bay Times | May 4, 2021

Private wildland firefighting firm contracted to protect State Farm-insured-homes

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News | April 8, 2021

$68 million price tag to fight CZU Lightning Complex fire

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News, The East Bay Times, The Los Angeles Times | March 15, 2021

CZU Lightning Complex fire’s embers, fuels likely sparked January fires

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News, The East Bay Times | ​Feb. 8, 2021

Cal Fire Chief: ‘We weren’t prepared for this in January’

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News, The East Bay Times | ​January 20, 2021

At least a dozen fires ignite across Santa Cruz, San Mateo counties

The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The Mercury News, The East Bay Times |January 19, 2021

Firefighters Continue Attack On CZU Lightning Complex Even After Flames Recede

KAZU | September 10, 2020

Wildfires In California Have Firefighting Teams Stretched Thin

NPR | August 24, 2020

Rural Evacuees Pull Together at Santa Cruz Fairgrounds

The California Report | August 20, 2020

Fire Refugees Overwhelm Santa Cruz County

KAZU | August 22, 2020

Fire Crews Continue to Battle Blazes in 4 Bay Area Counties as Temperatures Reach Triple Digits

KQED | August 18, 2020