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
"As the days turn drier in the Oakland hills and a major source of fire prevention funding evaporates, fire safety advocates say there are inadequate resources to combat the perennial risk of wildfire, especially on neglected public lands." Featur
This winter, record-breaking rainfall brought California’s long-lived drought closer to its final hour.
However, it also raised the probability of large wildfires this summer, particularly those fueled by tall grasses that are thriving now but will start drying out soon, fire officials say.
The potential for large fires “is expected to remain near normal through the spring, but once fine fuels dry out, there will likely be a spike in grass fire activity,” according to a report by the National Interagency Fire Center.
Sudden Oak Death, a disease caused by Phytophthora ramorum, a pernicious water mold that slunk from nursery plants into Northern and Central California wildlands two decades ago spreads. Matteo Garbelotto, a plant pathologist at UC Berkeley, has d
The Insurance Insitute for Business & Home Safety recently released a new report on how to protect your property from wildfire.