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Urban wildfire: When homes are the fuel for a runaway blaze, how do you rebuild a safer community?

TALENT, Oregon — Late morning on Sept. 8, forest scientist Dominick DellaSala sat at the desk in his home office to do a final edit on a newspaper opinion piece. The topic: The need to better prepare for catastrophic wildfires — or “black swan events” — that can rampage through neighborhoods.

His computer screen went dark. The power had gone out.

He went outside to investigate the outage. Looking south, he spotted a dense cloud of smoke.

“This was totally black. It was huge. And it was heading in our direction,” DellaSala recalls.

DellaSala spent the next few hours up on his roof, cleaning out gutters and hosing down the asphalt shingles before evacuating. His home was spared as the fire veered away from his street, but more than 2,800 structures and three people were killed in one of the most destructive wildfires in Northwest history.

https://www.seattletimes.com/Forest scientist Dominick DellaSala surveys the field near  a dog park that was the ignition point for the Almeda Fire, one of the most destructive in Oregon’s history. (Hal Bernton / The Seattle Times)
Forest scientist Dominick DellaSala
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Shaynna Blaze design on show at Mount Eliza ‘Palm Springs’-style home

Palm Springs comes to the Mornington Peninsula at this entertainer’s dream home, which was revamped with the help of a celebrity interior designer.

The sellers of 16 Bellbird Road, Mount Eliza engaged The Block judge and Blankcanvas Interiors founder Shaynna Blaze to design the eye-catching residence’s kitchen and bathrooms as part of a substantial renovation.

The four-bedroom house, with resort-style grounds on a substantial 2928sq m block, has now hit the market with a $2.15-$2.35m price guide.

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Marshall White Mornington Peninsula selling agent Dominic Salvato said the property was built in the 1970s, to a mid-century design that had a “Palm Springs vibe about it”.

The vendors’ renovation, completed over the past 18 months, involved updating the interior

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