The Rim Fire that’s been raging near Yosemite National Park since August 17 is still weeks away from containment. The blaze has already destroyed nearly 200,000 acres — tens of thousands of which are within the national park — making it the 6th worst fire in California history. Firefighters have been using drones and backfire operations to control the inferno. We’ll take a look at modern firefighting and prevention strategies, and discuss what can be done to avoid similar disasters.
Daniel Berlant, spokesperson for Cal Fire
Scott Stephens, professor of fire science at the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley
Hugh Safford, regional ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service