Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Oct. 16, and here’s what’s happening across California:
Why Santa Rosa burned
Residents of Coffey Park were stunned to see their tree-lined suburban neighborhood burned down by a wildfire. But the destruction of the Santa Rosa district wasn’t a mystery to fire scientists. They view it as a rare but predictable event that has exposed flaws in the way fire risk is measured and mitigated in...