Magazine article Sunset

Fire and Water

Magazine article Sunset

Fire and Water

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As autumn sails into the West, two things happen like clockwork: Smart locals head to the coast for the best weather (good news), and those smart locals also watch the drying hillsides for signs of wildfire (bad news). You could call this the Fire and Water season. In this issue, we give you strategies for living with both.

It was a fairly wet winter and spring in most of the West, which meant plush green hillsides that dried out in summer to become good fuel for the fires that plague us every year. No matter where you live, it seems, the threat of fire is growing in the West. Executive editor Chris Ryan headed upa team to bring you the Wildfire Survival Guide (page 45). Our special report spells out the inventive and commonsense measures you can take to protect your home and landscape from danger.

The positive side of a balmy autumn is that it makes for perfect beach weather. Features editor Christine Ciarmello captained our all-things-Pacific team, giving you the best coastal hotels and getaways - from B.C. down to San Diego - plus new takes on the classic fish taco and a lesson in beach chic. …

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