The Fire Next Time
The clever folks at the Center for Fire Research and Outreach, part of UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources, have launched a very useful website-- the Fire Information Engine Toolkit. Among the tools in the kit is one that can offer an assessment of the vulnerability of your home, or any other building in California, to wildfire. And after you assess your vulnerability, you can find information on the site on how to mitigate the fire hazard.
The site also offers real-time wildfire news from around the world, and maps of recent and current wildfire activity in the state. Considering the impressive percentage of California's native flora that is designed to burn (pdf file), it's best that the state's fauna be as well-informed as possible.