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One Planet: What's Causing California's Devastating Wildfires?

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
A firefighter battles the Maria Fire Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Somis, Calif.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about the devastating fires in California. Dozens of fires across the state have destroyed hundreds of structures, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate, and left millions without electricity. State officials warn that the fire season is far from over.


What do we need to know about the wildfires raging across California?


Gregory Simon, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, and author of Flame and Fortune in the American West: Urban Development, Environmental Change, and the Great Oakland Hills Fire

Dr. Jon Keeley, research scientist with the US Geological Survey

Web Resources:

East Bay Express: Fires, Refugees, Traffic, Gentrification ... So Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Population?

VNY: California Under Fire: Jon Keeley Explains the State’s Deadliest-Ever Wildfires

The Conversation: Don’t blame California wildfires on a ‘perfect storm’ of weather events

LA Times: How do wildfires start and spread?

The Washington Post: The California fires as seen from the International Space Station and satellites



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.