Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties
University of California
Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties

Living with Fire

Living with Fire is a challenge in the Sierra Nevada. We live in a fire-adapted ecosystem where wildfires used to burn naturally every 8 to 35 years depending on elevation. Since we started suppressing wildfire over a hundred years ago, Sierra Nevada forests and woodlands have gotten overly dense with vegetation creating a high risk of high severity fire. Residents of the Sierra must learn to live with fire by creating defensible space around their homes and retrofitting their homes using construction materials and techniques that reduce the risk of burning during a wildfire.

The University of California offers publications, websites, events and workshops on living with fire in the Sierra. 

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Welcome Kate Wilkin

Kate Wilkin
Introducing our new Forestry/Fire Science and Natural Resources Advisor in Sutter, Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties. She recently moved here from Berkeley, CA where she was a postdoctoral researcher focused on wildfire emissions and fire-forest-water relations. Kate has a PhD focused on the efficacy of fuel treatments in Northern California shrublands to reduce fire hazards. She believes that now more than ever we need collaborative and creative solutions, and she looks forward to being part of the solution as a Forestry and Fire Advisor. 

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