Much of California’s forestland is overgrown, partly because of federal regulations implemented in 1910, which mandated stamping out wildfires as soon as possible. These policies were revised around the 1970s to allow some fires to naturally burn their course, but much of the West has struggled to do so.
Berkeley Forests Co-Director William Stewart speaks to Capital Public Radio about what concerns geologists as winter storms move through the areas hit by wildfire this year.
California will see widespread rain and heavy Sierra Nevada snowfall through midweek, potentially bringing travel problems and raising the risk of damaging runoff from wildfire burn scars, forecasters said Tuesday.
NPR's David Green and Montana Public Radio's Eric Whitney take a closer look at one of the many dangers as residents try to return to a place devastated by a wildfire - huge trees, weakened by the fire, that can come crashing down without any warning. Featuring Scott Stephens, Co-Director, Berkeley Forests.
With the embers still raining from blackened skies choked by California's massive wildfires, the effort turns to rebuilding Paradise—a town of almost 30,000 that was wiped off the map. But experts warn that with megafires the new normal in a warming global climate, housing in the western United States is going to need a revolutionary rethink along the lines of villages dotting Europe's wooded slopes.
Fire experts say hotter, drier conditions fueled by climate change are undermining efforts to prevent and put out unruly flames and limit destruction. From Redding this summer to the Wine Country before thatand now Paradise, it’s become a grim reality that has left no clear path for gaining the upper hand.
As residents of Paradise vow to rebuild the town, community leaders are hoping to build it safer – less prone to catastrophic damage in future fires like the Camp Fire, and with better evacuation routes.