“Actions to arrest the decline in forest health will take place far from urban centers,” said Van Butsic, a coauthor of the report and a forestry expert with UC Berkeley’s cooperative extension.
A team of managers and scientists working to promote new research at Berkeley Forests are implementing a trial of management alternatives that may feasibly be used at wider scales in the future as a response to climate change impacts in the Sierra Nevada.
Last week’s wild fire on Grizzly Peak Boulevard ended up scorching about 20 acres of brush and grass near the
Now bouts of hot, dry weather are coming earlier and earlier, setting the stage for prime fire conditions. Southern California already has a nearly year-round fire season, Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley, said.
It’s unclear if global climate change is to blame, but a professor of fire science at the University of California Center for Fire Research and Outreach said firefighters have been reporting in recent years that wildfires in California aren’t slowing down at night like they used to.
California's wildfires have burned more than three times the acreage compared to this time last year. UC Berkeley Fire Science Professor Scott Stephens says most of the fires so far have been in grassland areas that were revived from the rain, then dried out early during triple-digit heat waves
"Right now, forests absorb global-warming pollution. But that's changing as temperatures rise." Featuring Center researcher Dr. Brandon Collins