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Your Call's One Planet Series: Climate change, urban sprawl & the deadly Northern California fires

Flames overtake a structure as nearby homes burn in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region

Two dozen fires have burned almost 200,000 acres of wild and urban spaces in Northern California, destroying more than 5,700 structures and killing at least 34 people.

On the next edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss how climate change, development, the intermixing of wild and urban spaces, and other factors contribute to the frequency and severity of fires. Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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

Matt Weiser, environmental journalist, and contributing editor at Water Deeply

Web Resources:

Casper Star-Tribune Online: Wildfires are becoming more destructive. A new book says that's not natural -- and it's not climate change

Water Deeply: What Needs to be Done to Stop Wildfires in Drought-Killed Forests

Vox: California’s wildfires aren’t “natural” — humans made them worse at every step

LA Time: Why the 2017 fire season is shaping up to be one of California’s worst

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.