New resources

Constraints on Mechanical Treatment in the Sierra Nevada. Research Brief. 

Resource Objective Wildfires Benefit Forests. Research Brief.

The Riskiest Ignition Sources in Southern California. Research Brief.

Historical Fire-Climate Patterns in Sierra Nevada Foothills and Montane Landscapes. Research Brief.

Social Constraints to Mitigation in a WUI Community. Research Brief.

Goals & obstacles of WUI mitigation programs in the US. Research Brief. 

Current Approaches & Research Needs in the WUI. Research Brief.

How Much Defensible Space is Needed to Reduce Home Losses in Chaparral?  Research Brief. 

The Built Environment Is More Influential Than Fuel Breaks in Exposure to Wind-Driven Chaparral Fire. USGS Research Brief.

Southern California Fuels Treatments Data Set 
Downloadable files of historical and recent fuels treatments in Southern California. 



The California Fire Science Consortium coordinated the Panel Review of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection's Draft Vegetation Treatment Plan Environmental Impact Report (VTPEIR). The report from this review is available here

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Did you miss our webinar last month? Click here and check it out under the WUI section. You'll find the recording and PDF of slides. Description:  Yana Valachovic,"Landscaping and home design for fire defense."   Feb 25, 2015.

Upcoming field trips and Workshops

Northern California Fire Science Field Days  (1-day events)

Registration information and other details will be available soon. For more information, please contact Lenya Quinn-Davidson 

Fire in Weaverville:
Join us on April 22 near Weaverville, CA. We'll see where a 2014 wildfire hit a previously treated area leading to decrease fire intensities and thus successful wildfire suppression by crews. 

Fire Effects in the Lodge Fire:
On May 7, 2015 visit UC’s Angelo Reserve near Branscomb, CA (Mendocino County), which burned in the 2014 Lodge Fire. 

Northern California Chaparral Fire Hazard Summit- May 19th, 2015
Join us at the UC Hopland Research & Extension Center. Participants will learn about fuel hazard reduction treatments, tour a 10-year old fire/fire-surrogate study, and help build a decision support tool for Chaparral. To receive updates about this event, please send us your contact information by filling out this form.   Download Flyer here.

The 2nd Southern California Chaparral Symposium 

Understanding the ecological value of chaparral landscapes: ecosystem services, human management, and future trends.

 June 8-10, 2015, associated field trips June 10-11. Angeles National Forest Training Center, Arcadia, CA. More information and registration here.

Upcoming events

The IAFC's Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) conference is a five-day event offering hands-on training and interactive sessions designed to address the challenges of wildland fire. Preconference: March 20 – 24, 2015
Conference: March 24 – 26, 2015. Reno, NV 

Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves:  Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire. 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Boise, ID, April 20-24, 2015.

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) invites you to the Sixth International Fire Ecology and Management Congress, Nov 16-20, 2015, San Antonio, TX



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Regional approach

To best communicate local science, the CFSC is divided into 4 regional teams and one statewide wildland-urban interface team. Statewide coordination is through UC Berkeley. Visit the pages below for regional contact information and resources:


Northern California
Sierra Nevada
Central and Southern CA
Mojave and Sonoran Deserts
Wildland-Urban Interface

For website information or general questions, please contact:

Stacey Sargent Frederick

California Fire Science Consortium
Wildland Fire Science Lab
360 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720