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.


Central and Southern California Fire Resources

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


The Springs Fire meets the "Great Pacific Fire Break"

The Springs Fire meets the "Great Pacific Fire Break"

Research Briefs 

Fire Models and Tools
Climate Change
Fuel Treatments
Fire Effects 
Fire Behavior
Fire Regimes
Invasive Species
Policy and Social Science
Type Conversion and Ecology
Fire Protection and Safety

Research Bibliographies 

Research Bibliographies 

Southern California Fuels Treatment GIS Datasets

GIS Datasets


Presentations from the June 2013 Chaparral Restoration Workshop 

Video Link

Southern California's fire ecology is unlike that of anywhere else in the United States.  The video Living With Fire: The USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Project discusses the history of fire in southern California and explains how science is being used to improve fire management in this area.  The video webpage provides links to the original research discussed. The related publication briefs are available on the CFSC webpage for central and southern California.



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