The University of California Cooperative Extension includes a wide variety of programs aimed at understanding California wildfire and how losses from wildfire can be minimized. Following is information for the media on these UC resources.
- Homeowners can help keep the blaze at bay even as wildfire rages
- UC tips: What to do before, during and after a wildfire
- UC Cooperative Extension's 2008 SAFE Landscapes calendar and guidebook hopes to increase fire safety in LA County
- ANR fire map shows where wildfires are currently burning in California.
- Don't get burned twice (pdf)
A brochure that provides information to avoid being "burned" in the aftermath of a fire storm by home repair fraud, charity fraud, phony "officials," advance fee loans, telemarketers, insurance adjusters and housing refunds.
- Invasive Plants and Wildfires in Southern California(pdf)
A brochure that describes the role of non-native plants in wildfire occurance and recovery.
- Home Landscaping for Fire (pdf)
Incorporating fire safe concepts into the residential landscape is one of the most important ways to help your home survive a wildfire. This four-page publication provides details and charts.
- Wildfire Preparedness and Recovery in San Diego County (pdf)
A 65-page summary and analysis of fire research.
- Quantification of pollutants emitted from very large wildland fires in Southern California, U.S.A.(pdf)
A 10-page academic journal article
- Development and analysis of 12-year daily 1-km forest fire dataset across North America(pdf)
An 11-page academic journal article
UC Web sites
- Sustainable and Fire-Safe Landscapes
Preparation for wildfire requires that wildland-urban interface residents take responsibility for their own safety, property and pets. Residents can prepare by maintaining property to reduce the risk of wildfire damage and by being ready to evacuate, if necessary. The information in this Web site guides residents season by season on practices that reduce the risk of and damage from fire.
- eXtension Wildfire Information Network
UC natural resources advisors Steven Quarles and Glenn Nadar are co-chairs of the eXtension Wildfire Information Network, a national collaboration of fire experts who are assembling, summarizing, developing and delivering educational materials related to wildfire.
- A virtual tour of the UC wildland-urban interface demonstration building
Taking this virtual tour will allow potential builders to consider the trade-offs they face when designing a building to resist wildfire flames, radiant heat, and embers. The tour offers suggestions for selecting materials that are durable, cost effective and look nice.
- Home Wildfire Mitigation Guide
Information to help homeowners make changes to their homes and the surroundings to reduce the possibility of damage from wildfires.
- Wildfire Zone
The Wildfire Zone creates awareness of wildfire risks and hazards and offers tips on how you can reduce them.
- Center for Fire Research and Outreach
The center develops and disseminates science-based solutions to wildfire-related challenges.