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The worst fire in California history illuminates fire preparation needs

April 5, 2019 – Four months have passed since the Camp Fire, the worst wildfire in California history, ravaged bucolic communities in the Butte County foothills, including Paradise, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, Cherokee, Yankee Hill and Magalia. Eighty-five people died, many of them elderly and unable to safely evacuate from an area where a wind-driven […]

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Prescribed fire gains momentum

March 13, 2019 – As Californians know too well, the 2018 wildfire season was historically severe. But for prescribed fire — fire set deliberately to achieve management objectives — 2018 was historically important. California’s fire management regime needed change — a strong conviction to that effect had developed in state government by 2018. The previous year’s fire […]

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Catastrophic wildfires and climate change lead to growing acceptance of ‘pyrosilviculture’

Nov. 15, 2018 – For millennia, fires periodically burned through California forests, thinning trees, reducing shrubbery and clearing out downed branches and debris. Without periodic fire, the forests became more dense, with spaces between large trees filling in with a thick carpet of duff, seedlings and shrubs. As a result, today’s forests are prone to […]

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Prescribed Fire on Private Lands: Workshops in Georgetown and Browns Valley

Placerville, Calif. April 16, 2018 – University of California Cooperative Extension will be hosting two two-day workshops in May 2018 designed for landowners and land managers wanting to gain skills in prescribed fire planning and implementation. Dates and times are: May 14th and 15th, 2018 at UC Berkeley’s Blodgett Research Forest, 4501 Blodgett Forest Road, […]

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Go Further with Food

March 12, 2018 – March is National Nutrition Month®, which is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The theme for 2018, “Go Further with Food,” emphasizes meal planning and reducing food waste. Planning meals and snacks in advance saves time, money, and can help reduce food waste. You are also more likely to […]