Minimizing California Wildfires

How do we focus our resources to minimize the devastation caused by California’s wildfires? First, we can reduce ignitions. California’s deadliest fire, the Camp Fire and California’s 2nd largest fire, the Thomas Fire were ignited by faulty powerlines during high wind events.

Why Worse Wildfires? Part 2

Guest post by Jim Steele, from What’s Natural? column published in Pacifica Tribune, December 4, 2019 Why Worse Wildfires? Part 2 Figure 1 Managing forest ground fuels Why worse wildfires? The short answer is more humans cause more wildfire ignitions in altered landscapes. Since 1970, California’s population doubled, adding 20 million people. As more human…