Hugh Safford analyzes destructive California fires to inform fire and resource management

A wildfire burns in Sonoma County in 2020 under an orange smokey sky. (Bill Oxford/Getty Images)

A study on 2020 California fires by authors Hugh Safford, Alison Paulson, Zachary Steel, Derek Young, and Rebecca Wayman concludes that destructive (not restorative) fires "were part of an accelerating decades-long trend of increasing burned area, fire size, fire severity and socio-ecological costs."

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