In the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Cruz County, this episode explores forest management policies in the state and county. It also looks at the role of prescribed burns in land management in the county, and a new Central Coast Prescribed Burn Association.

Transcript below, for members.

A grassy area is set alight during a controlled burn in southern San Benito County in June 2019. (Devii Rao — Contributed)

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Stephen Baxter is a co-founder and editor of Santa Cruz Local. He covers Santa Cruz County government.