Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. And there is a lot of both these days in the American West Wildfires have always been part of the landscape in the western states. But the size and intensity of fires over the last several years is something new. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 happened since the year 2000. And damage from western wildfires in 2017 alone cost $18 billion. They are being called “megafires;” wildfires covering over 100,000 acres each. The higher temperatures and lower humidity, brought on by climate change, are whipping up these hotter and bigger wildfires. And people’s lives are being upended by the flames. Today we’re exploring the damage megafires are unleashing on life, property and natural ecosystems – and forest management solutions.
President of the California Forestry Association
Staff Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle
Professor of Fire Science at University of California, Berkeley
This special will air on Friday September 28th at 10 AM and 8 PM here on 88.3 FM KCPW.