As Wildfires Worsen, Californians Harness Tech for Help

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HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA - When a wildfire threatened Margie Hanselman's home in the northern California hills two years ago, the fire department dispatcher told her all the crews were already busy battling another blaze.

"That's when I knew we were really on our own," she said. "I knew I had to do something differently for the next big emergency."

So Hanselman, her neighbors and fire officials got together and turned to mobile phone apps, social media and communications technology to better share news, emergency updates and preparation advice on threats in their fire-prone community in Sonoma County wine country.

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