Center for Fire Research and Outreach
Center for Fire Research and Outreach
Center for Fire Research and Outreach
University of California
Center for Fire Research and Outreach

Center for Fire Research and Outreach at UC Berkeley

Our Mission

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The mission of the UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach is to provide a forum for coordination on emerging research and tools regarding wildland fire in California. The center will facilitate working groups devoted to a specific field or topic of research and management that relates to fire. The Center also addresses areas with Mediterranean climates world-wide. Learn More

CFRO News

11/10 - Living with Wildfire - The New Yorker

11/10 - Living with Wildfire - The New Yorker

"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.”

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9/15 - Lessons for saving our forests - UC Berkeley News Center

9/15 - Lessons for saving our forests - UC Berkeley News Center

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.

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9/2 -  Rim Fire Reprise Warning: Restoring Forests the Wrong Way May Fuel Future Fires

9/2 - Rim Fire Reprise Warning: Restoring Forests the Wrong Way May Fuel Future Fires

via California Magazine: 

"As the U.S. Forest Service finalizes plans to restore forests torched in last year’s Yosemite-area Rim Fire—the third largest in state history—conservationists are worried that the scheme skimps on environmental protection. Also concerned is one of the state’s top forestry experts, a UC Berkeley professor who warns that replanting trees the traditional way will simply sow the seeds for the next conflagration."

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