‘The fires just keep coming’

wildfireDrought and climate change are making wildfires a year-round phenomenon in the Golden State and much of the West, a trend that already is changing the character of our forests and straining government budgets.

“The fires just keep coming,” observes Scott Stephens, a professor at Cal’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on wildfire science.

In response, the state needs to change the way it manages its forests, fights fires and funds firefighting, he tells writer Glen Martin in California Magazine.

Read his piece, “Feel the Burn: To Avoid Year-round wildfires California Needs to Up its Forestry Game”