President Trump took to Twitter to blame bad forest management. Gov. Jerry Brown pointed to climate change. Their arguments about the cause of disastrous wildfires roaring across the state have turned a California catastrophe into the latest political cudgel in the ongoing slugfest between Washington and Sacramento. Both leaders are in a sense promoting their political agendas. In Trump’s case, that is an attack on environmental regulations. In Brown’s, it is a call to arms to slow global warming.
But as is often the case with political rhetoric, reality is far more complicated.
When Greg Bolin arrived in Paradise in 1967, the Sierra Nevada foothill town was too small to require traffic lights. It felt unplanned and slightly spontaneous. Rustic wood-sided cabins sprouted up along winding, often narrow, roads — the kind of place you could live in for decades and still not know all its secrets.
Berkeley Forests Co-Director Bill Stewart discusses the links between land ownership, forest management and fire probability with KTVU's Heather Holmes.
From WNYC Studios in New York City, The Takeaway speaks to Berkeley Forests Co-Director William Stewart about the wildfires ripping through the state.
The most destructive wildfire in California history raced through the town of Paradise this week, laying waste to the town's evacuation plan along with nearly every home and business.
The latest eruptions of flame that incinerated homes and killed people as they fled for their lives are horrific reminders that the Golden State has become a year-round danger zone for fire catastrophe in forests, grasslands and cities from north to south.
KQED Forum's Michael Krasny interviews Scott Stephens, Co-Director of Berkeley Forests, as part of a panel discussion about the mertis of forest thinning to lessen the threat of wildfires in Califonia.