(Dan Rhodes/KQED)

After two years of sparse rains, California fire officials say this year’s wildfire season has started a month earlier than usual and that the fires are stronger. We’ll discuss fire danger in Northern California and what residents can do to help prevent it. What can the state can do in the long term to adapt to the possibility of increasingly long fire seasons and more deadly fires due to climate change?

Guests:
Max Mortiz, UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Eric Hoffman, unit chief for Cal Fire's Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
Bill Stewart, cooperative extension specialist, U.C. Berkeley Department of Environmental Sciences, Colleges of Natural Resources

  • One thing to keep in mind is that approx. 84% of fires in California are human-caused. Adaptation to climate change starts with rethinking education and priorities. Land use regulations, fuels treatment are important components.

  • chrisnfolsom

    We need satellites to show ignition sources before they are a problem – pretty easy to see a hot spot in a forest…along with education and of course pro active forest management we could dramatically reduce the emergency situations we face every year.

    We need more renewable energy which will allow us to make clean water from the ocean which is really the only way to get water from “nothing”. So Cal is a desert without the water from the North and we need agriculture but are still having problems keeping enough water in the delta to keep it alive. Ultimately with enough energy we could even manipulate the weather and scrubb carbon out of the air – I think that global warming and an increase in the ocean levels will be more of a problem then the weather.

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