It is not the most pleasant of sights in Lodi. Waist-high yellow and brown weeds stretch for blocks between the railroad tracks and back fences of South Sacramento Street homes.
A faint whiff of wildfire smoke lingers in the air from far-off fires, serving as a reminder of parched California's fire danger. One spark - whether from a passing train, a trouble-making youth or sunlight hitting a piece of shiny garbage the right way - could start a fire that would quickly burn through the dry weeds.
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