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Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 19 Comments

Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.

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After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

KQED Science | August 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.

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A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

KQED Science | August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.

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California’s Smokejumpers Fight the Hardest-to-Reach Wildfires

KQED Science | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Smokejumpers Fight the Hardest-to-Reach Wildfires

It takes a special breed to jump (a) out of a perfectly good airplane, and (b) into an active fire zone. But smokejumpers have been doing it for decades.

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California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 12 Comments

California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters

More than 4,000 low-level offenders making $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.

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California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.

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California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.

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California Wildfire Study: Spend on Prevention to Save on Disasters

KQED Science | April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Wildfire Study: Spend on Prevention to Save on Disasters

A new study finds that investing in forest management could shrink the size of wildfires and save California hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Yosemite Opens Areas Closed After Last Summer’s Huge Rim Fire

KQED Science | April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yosemite Opens Areas Closed After Last Summer’s Huge Rim Fire

The fire burned more than a quarter of a million acres in Yosemite and the Stanislaus National Forest. See before-and-after photos from a plot in the national forest.

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IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse

KQED Science | April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse

The latest report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on impacts from climate change, both current and looming, and recommendations for how to adapt.

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Little Cheer for Some Big Sur Fire Evacuees

KQED Science | December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Little Cheer for Some Big Sur Fire Evacuees

Evacuees return home after the Big Sur fire that damaged or destroyed 34 residences.

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Can California Burn its Way Out of its Wildfire Problem?

KQED Science | November 15, 2013 | 5 Comments

Can California Burn its Way Out of its Wildfire Problem?

People who fight and study fire generally agree that one of the best tools for preventing massive wildfires is prescribed burning: intentionally setting smaller fires before the big ones hit. But there are major challenges to fighting fire with fire.

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California’s Fire History Written in the Trees

KQED Science | September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

California’s Fire History Written in the Trees

Scientists are finding that in the not-too-distant past, forest fires were much larger than they are today, and forests burned more often. The difference is that the forests bounced back much more readily.

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Yosemite Fire Threatens Key Forest Research Site

KQED Science | August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yosemite Fire Threatens Key Forest Research Site

A longstanding experimental forest lies perilously close to the wildfire raging near Yosemite. Scientists are holding their breath, hoping the voracious Rim Fire doesn't set back years of research into...fire management, among other things.

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Wildfires a Growing Air Quality Issue

KQED Science | August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wildfires a Growing Air Quality Issue

Major wildfires like California's Rim Fire, near Yosemite, are also long-distance air polluters.

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Battle Rages Over East Bay Wildfire Plan

KQED Science | June 21, 2013 | 37 Comments

Battle Rages Over East Bay Wildfire Plan

A proposal to cut 100,000 eucalyptus trees or more has stirred up controversy, and now, a long-running battle over the plan is coming to a head.

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Feds Brace for a Big Fire Season With a Smaller Staff

KQED Science | May 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

Feds Brace for a Big Fire Season With a Smaller Staff

Federal officials are bracing for a worse-than-usual fire season, especially in California and the rest of the Pacific Coast. And they're facing the season with a smaller fire-fighting force.

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