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.
University of California Web Resources
- UC Berkeley’s Center For Fire Research & Outreach
- Northern California Prescribed Fire Council
- California Fire Science Consortium, UC Berkeley
- Know Your Wildfire Zone- Wildfire zones create an awareness of wildfire risks and hazards and offers tips on how you can reduce them.
- Surviving Wildfire- eXtension's Wildfire Information Network (EWIN).
- UCCE Contra Costa County Wood Durability Program- improving the long-term performance of wood and wood-based product.