Aerial attack for the Rim Fire cost $11 million - Center co-director Bill Stewart asks: 'What's the cost-effectiveness of these drops?'
Center for Fire Research and Outreach at UC Berkeley
"As much of the American West gets warmer and drier, wildfire season is getting longer, busier, and more frightening. But fire, unlike other natural hazards, is still widely considered an enemy to be defeated, rather than a fact of life that must be accepted. As Max Moritz, a fire ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and the lead author of a review paper published today in Nature, puts it, “To reduce flood damage, we make floodplain maps. To reduce earthquake damage, we form earthquake commissions. When it comes to fire, we hand everything over to the firefighters.”
via UC Berkeley News Center
"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."
Scott Stephens is co-director of the Center for Fire Research and Outreach.