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Deadly wildfire in California highlights global warming threat

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Author Chiyo Uno (1897-1996) recounts in her essay how she once came close to starting a brush fire.

While working in her mountain cottage, she burnt rubbish outdoors, including her trashed manuscripts. Dry grass caught a flame and the fire spread within seconds. She tried in vain to douse the flames with buckets of water.

Villagers came running to her assistance, everyone toting a bamboo broom to beat out the fire.

As Uno thanked them and apologized profusely, a villager assured her: "No problem, ma'am.........

© The Asahi Shimbun