An aerial photo shows residences leveled by the wildfire in Paradise, California, on Thursday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise is now 40 percent contained, up from 30 percent Wednesday morning. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

An aerial photo shows residences leveled by the wildfire in Paradise, California, on Thursday. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise is now 40 percent contained, up from 30 percent Wednesday morning. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

Editorial: Invest now to limit destruction from wildfires

State and federal officials must increase funding to prevent and fight the growing wildfire threat.

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