Property owners in southern and central California were cited 5,076 times during the past three fiscal years for not doing enough to clear their properties and protect their homes from wildfires. During the same period, just eight such citations were issued in all of Northern California, and all of those came in a single year in Tehama and Glenn counties.
Conditions are perfect for celebrating this Fourth of July: It's sunny, warm, dry, and a great way to start a three-day weekend. But did you know these conditions are also ideal for wildfire?
One of the more exciting things I have opportunity to do as a wildland fire scientist is traveling and learning about fire in other countries, cultures, and ecosystems. This summer I find myself in Australia, home to one of the five Mediterranean-type ecosystems in the world.
- Scott Stephens, Co-Director, UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research & Outreach as part of his Fulbright Fellowship in Perth, AU
The year 2014 is exceptional for California weather, and has the potential to be a similarly exceptional year for wildfire. What should we expect and what can we do to be prepared?
by Carlin Starrs, Policy Analyst, and Scott Stephens, Co-Director, UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research & Outreach
From KQED: The wildfires raging in San Diego County are raising statewide concern over what is shaping up to be a dangerous fire season. We'll get an update on the situation in Southern California and discuss the best ways to reduce fire risk.
This is the latest HD version of the Blodgett Biomass Recovery Project, highlighting the benefits and challenges associated with managing forest biomass and transforming it into a source for renewable energy generation.