California is getting into the heart of wildfire season. We learn that parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains have a higher potential of wildfire than did Paradise, where last year we saw the deadliest wildfire in state history.

We want to draw on some lessons from the Camp Fire. We talk to several people who live in Bonny Doon and the San Lorenzo Valley. We hear what they’ve been doing to prepare for a potential catastrophic wildfire. Lastly, we give you tips on how you can prepare.

Highways 9 and 236 are key evacuation routes for Boulder Creek. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local)

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Kara Meyberg Guzman is the CEO and co-founder of Santa Cruz Local. ​Prior to Santa Cruz Local, she served as the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s managing editor. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and lives in Santa Cruz.