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Video. Fire in California: private firefighters of billionaires controversial

2019-11-02T07:49:45.892Z

Video - To save their villas from the fires that ravage California since October 23, wealthy owners call on private fire companies, heavily criticized by local utilities.



Since October 23, California is hit by a new episode of forest fires. In one week, 74,000 hectares of land went up in smoke. That's ten times more than all the fires that hit southwestern France in 2019.

Faced with these natural disasters, frequent in the region, insurance companies offer an original system: private fire departments. In addition to intervening in case of fire, these brigades prepare the ground upstream. They remove the vegetation that could feed the fire and constantly monitor the houses. But this practice is controversial: to save his house from the flames must he depend on the thickness of his wallet?

Myriam Attia

Source: lemonde

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