How We Fight Wildfires

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It’s been a catastrophic wildfire year in California, with more than 5,000 so far. Yesterday, a pilot died when his tanker plane crashed near Yosemite National Park. The weather and lack of water are big factors, but what about our fire management practices? Are they also to blame?

Helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Harris fire, near the Mexican border, to stop the wildfire from advancing. Currently the fires in Southern California have burned nearly 350,000 acres

Helicopters drop water and fire retardant on the Harris fire, near the Mexican border, in 2007 to stop the wildfire from advancing

Credits

Guest:
Tom Scott - Center for Conservation Biology - @U_of_California

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott