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One Planet: Preparing for California's future fires

Josh Edelson
A plane drops fire retardant on a hillside in an attempt to box in flames from a wildfire during the Sand Fire in Rumsey, Calif., Sunday, June 9, 2019.

  On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll discuss what California is doing to prepare for the next big fires. Last year, California experienced some of the deadliest and most destructive fires in the state’s history.

More than two million people live in areas that are deemed hazardous for wildfires. What preventative measures have been put in place since last year’s mega fires?


Brandon Collins, research scientist with the US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, and the Center for Fire Research and Outreach at UC Berkeley

Chris Dicus, professor of wildland fire and fuels management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Web Resources:

The Daily Californian: Millions of dead trees in California could spark massive wildfires, UC Berkeley study shows

KSBY: Cal Poly researchers ready to tackle California’s catastrophic fires with new institute

KSBY: As vegetation dries out, fire experts express concern about high-risk wildfire communities

Sacramento Bee: California races to deter disaster as towns face fire risk

LA Times: Late-season rains mask looming fire danger as lush plants turn dry and explosive

KQED: This California Neighborhood Was Built to Survive a Wildfire. And It Worked

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.