Fire Science


Counting homes in the Western Wildland-Urban Interface ~Mitch Tobin, EcoWest

When firefighters are deployed to battle wildfires, they often focus on saving structures in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), where homes mix with or border flammable vegetation. Where are these vulnerable homes located in the West? Data from analytics firm CoreLogic provide a good high-level overview of the Western WUI. I’ve created a dashboard on this…


In Rim Fire’s wake, lessons for saving our forests ~Barry Bergman, UC Berkeley

In late July, UC Berkeley fire ecologist Scott Stephens was working in Stanislaus National Forest, gathering data on how a century had altered its character. What he saw were the signs of a clear and present danger. “The thing that was startling was that there was more change than I ever would have imagined,” recalls…