A tale of two fires: fire ecology and management with an eye to the future in S. California

As a colleague once wisely said, “there are two types of fire in southern California.  The ones we plan for and the ones that do all the damage.” The ones that do all the damage have given southern California its notorious reputation for wildfire and the massive number of homes that are lost every year.  These are also the ones that challenge traditional fire management efforts and have thus created a need to rethink how we minimize risks to communities while also maintaining our rich biodiversity heritage.   Dr. Alexandra Syphard will provide a review of fire ecology and management in the region, highlighting the complexities and ecological impacts of changing fire regimes and the conflicts created through a combination of expansive urban development and some of the worst fire weather in the world.  She will also present research findings from the USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Scenario Project focused on the role of alternative fire risk reduction approaches.

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