12:00am

Thu August 1, 2013
Wildfires

Today on Your Call: What are the best methods for preventing destructive wildfires?


On today's Your Call we’ll talk about fire.  The recent mega-fire that claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters in Prescott, Arizona brought this question up painfully for all of us who live in dry fire-prone states, including California. How well are we managing our forests and wild lands to prevent these large fires?  Could methods like ‘controlled burning’ help?  Join the conversation and call in with your questions on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Scott Stephens, associate professor of Fire Sciences at UC Berkeley 

Rich Fairbanks, veteran firefighter, forest service worker, and fire management expert

Resources:

Fire Ecology 

Wildfire Today

Wildfire Lessons

Ventana Wilderness Alliance

Stephens Lab at UC Berkeley 

Center for Forestry at UC Berkeley

Center for Fire Research and Outreach

NPR: How the Smokey Bear effect led to raging wildfires

NPR series: Mega-fires: The new normal in the Southwest 

UC Berkeley News Center: Q&A: Campus environmental manager Tom Klatt talks about hillside tree-removal plan

Ready Set Go Marin: Marin County Fire preparation recommendations 

UCSC: Bats and Fire

Nature.com: Forest Fires: Burn out

UC Berkeley News Center: Let it burn: Prescribed fires pose little danger to forest ecology, study says

Redding.com: Experts disagree on methods for preventing catastrophic forest fires

FireWise Communities

Firefighters United for Safety Ethics and Ecology

Council of Western State Foresters: The Flame Act of 2009

"Fire: Nature and Culture" by Stephen Pyne

Fire Effects Information System: look up any tree or bush, read how it responds to fire and its place in the local fire ecology

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