“Sonoma has the most fragmented rural landscape in terms of scattered homes in California” with “lots and lots of two- to five-acre residential parcels in the hills,” said Bill Stewart, co-director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Forestry and Center f
Center co-director Dr. Scott Stephens: "As a society, we have attempted to accommodate some of the natural hazards inherent to the landscapes that we inhabit.
Over 22 fires are currently burning in California. These fires have wreaked havoc on homes and communities. In the information age, we expect everything to be instant, yet finding such information on wildfires can be surprisingly difficult.
“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.