The fires in California point to the lack of emergency services providers that will be available in the next big earthquake.  The last major earthquake in the U.S. before Northridge was in Kern County in 1952 near the remote small town of Tehachapi.  Even though it was a remote farming community 12 people died and there was $60,000,000 in damage. Given how the Hayward Fault runs through one of the densest areas in the country, one can image how many people will die and how much  damage there will be, which is currently anticipated at 165 billion.