Central and Southern California Region

Welcome to the homepage of the California Fire Science Consortium - Central and Southern California Region (CFSC-CSC). This region encompasses the western portion of the state south of the Bay Area, an area dominated by shrublands and not forests.  This is the “other California” with the state’s most extreme wildfire regime.  For example, of California’s 20 largest and most damaging wildfires, 78% of the total area burned and 81% of the structures lost in these fires were in this region (http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/20LACRES.pdf).

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The regional team has focused on creating research briefs of classic California fire papers, as well as more topical papers relating to current management issues, to provide an overview of the history and evolving science of fire management in this region.

Fire science resources  are organized below in topic-based lists. CFSC and USGS research briefs and their associated research papers are available here for download in .pdf format.   There are current bibliographic summaries of both the  CFSC and USGS briefs. Specialized research bibliographies of fire science and Mediterranean ecosystem-related scientific citations are also available below. The bibliographies are in .XML format, which is compatible in Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero, and most other citation software programs.

Plans for 2013

This year the team will focus on synthesis papers and more current research.  Synthesis topics include fire effects on wildlife in shrublands, crownfire fire suppression , light burning (with the Sierra Nevada region), type conversion, and chaparral fuels and fire behavior.  We will be collaborating with the USFS in June on a series of field workshops in the four southern California forests on Chaparral Restoration – a Paradigm Shift.  Later in the year we will hold a workshop on fire management focused on the central coast. Please contact the team members below if you have a suggestion for any topics that you would like to see covered, either in research briefs, synthesis papers, webinars or field demonstrations.

Central and Southern California Fire Resources

Click on the links below to visit subject pages for resources specific to the region. 

Research Bibliographies 

The Springs Fire meets the "Great Pacific Fire Break"

The Springs Fire meets the "Great Pacific Fire Break"



Jon Keeley

Research Ecologist, Central and Southern CA Team Leader
USGS Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station
Three Rivers, CA

(559) 565-3170
Consortium role: Lead implementation of planned activities for the Central and Southern California region

Marti Witter

Fire Ecologist
Mediterranean Coast Network, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Thousand Oaks, CA
(805) 370-2333
Consortium role: Assist in Central and Southern California region
program implementation

Felicia Federico

Program Manager for Partnerships and Translational Science
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(c) 310-709-4203
Consortium role: Central and Southern California Outreach Coordinator

Liz van Mantgem

Consortium role: Assist in the production of research briefs for the Central and Southern California region 


CFSC-CSC Advisory Committee