Wildfires are a fact of life in California but extent and devastation in the American West feel dramatic this year: More than 5 million acres of uncontrolled fires lead to incredible footage on the news & reports of orange skies in Oakland or San Francisco. ↠Sub.: https://shorturl.at/wBNSW
The 2020 fire season has broken almost every record in terms of frequency and ferocity.
We analyzed several factors like climate change, housing development and fire suppression & management to see what’s behind the largest and most destructive wildfires in the state’s history and what can be done to solve the worsening problem?
This video is part of our wildfire series, covering forest & bush fires around the world to create a better understanding and see how they are connected. Have a look at our wildfire playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0Zx23paegc&list=PLZ3CjNbCdQe_sp5MBeoVssZRGJtDf4b0u) and be sure to subscribe and turn the notifications on so you won’t miss a video!
Quotes & Sources:
 NY Times / NASA Terra & Aqua satellite data: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/24/climate/fires-worst-year-california-oregon-washington.html
 NY Times / NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System, National Interagency Fire Center: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/24/climate/fires-worst-year-california-oregon-washington.html
 CAL FIRE: California Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), egis.CALFIRE:
 UC Berkeley / Boston University / George Washington University; Michael L. Mann et al.: Modeling residential development in California from 2000 to 2050: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837714001409#!
 San Francisco Chronicle, California Fire Map & Tracker:
 University of Colorado-Boulder, Nathan Mietkiewicz et al. In the Line of Fire: Consequences of Human-Ignited Wildfires to Homes in the U.S. (1992–2015) https://www.mdpi.com/2571-6255/3/3/50/htm
 US Forest Service: Misconceptions and Benefits of Fire: https://youtu.be/vFPIoH4ML2U
 US Forest Service: Black-backed Woodpeckers and Fire: https://youtu.be/Q1UnMDGqG_4