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News - July 16, 2021

Woodside, Portola Valley brace for wildfire season

Towns beef up prevention efforts in light of dry winters, CZU Lightning Complex fires

by Angela Swartz

Rita Comes peered out her window alongside her 9-year-old daughter in the early morning one day last summer. They watched "surreal lightning" that seemed like something in a movie. Comes began to pack her car, prepare emergency go boxes and take photos of important documents for what she thought would be inevitable — a wildfire evacuation from Portola Valley. She realized that her options to evacuate were limited since she could not find information on which areas might be on fire.

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