Welcome to the California Fire Science Consortium website! The CFSC is a network of fire science researchers, managers, and outreach specialists tasked with improving science outreach and knowledge exchange between fire researchers, managers, policymakers, and private landowners. 

Below you'll find new CFSC resources and upcoming events.On the left are some great ways to stay connected and updated from emailed newsletters to twitter. In addition to organizing our resources by region, below and in the left menu you'll find links to topic-based resource libraries. For regional resource lists, use the "Regions" menu at the top or the left.  

Special Announcement: VTPEIR Panel Review Report Now Available

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

New resources

Fire, Spatial Structure, and Heterogenity in Sierra Nevada Forests. Research Brief. 

Fire Regimes in the "Two Californias." Research brief.

Presentations from the June 2014 Desert Workshop are now available online. PDFs (see last section of page).

Fuel treatments to preserve old forest structure can reduce WUI fire risk. Research Brief.

Characteristics of stand-replacing patches. Research Brief. 

Climate-fire interactions on forest carbon in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Research Brief. 

New Blog posting. Managing Forests for Future Resilience: Field trip summary

Endemic Walking-sticks Persist Through Chaparral Fire. Research brief.

Post-fire Shrubland Rodent Densities: Edge vs. Center. Research brief. 


Upcoming Field Trips

Aspen Ecology and Restoration Management Workshop. October 28-28, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Registration full, sign up to be added to the waitlist.

Upcoming Events

First Annual Riparian Management Workshop, hosted by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, will include fire ecology among other diverse, interdisciplinary topics on Sept. 23-24th, Pala, CA. Space is full, please contact Kurt Broz (kbroz@palatribe.com) if you would like attend. Updated Agenda with directions.

Presentation by Hugh D. Safford. Climate change, forests and fire in the Sierra Nevada, and implications for current and future resource management. Sept. 16, Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA. Sponsors: CNPS and TINS

The Central Coast Prescribed Fire Council will be having the Prescribed Fire Conference and Annual Meeting, Oct. 4th, Scotts Valley, CA. 

The 3rd Canada Wildland Fire Conference.             October 7th to 9th, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

California-Nevada-Hawaii Fire Council Fall Workshop:"All Hands All Lands: A Non-Traditional Approach to Fire Management." Oct 20-21, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Fall Conference: The Northern California and the Southern Sierra Prescribed Fire Councils invites you to join them December 2-3, 2014 at the Lion's Gate Hotel in McClellan, CA. 


Joint Fire Science Program has sent out a notice of intent with potential topics list for the fall Funding Opportunity Notice here.

This newsletter is sent out once a month. To start receiving it by email sign-up for our listserve. 

CFSC Twitter Feed

Resource Library Topics

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