SO CAL WATER DIALOG: Pouring Fuel on the Fire: Why Wildfires Keep Ravaging California

September 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

California 2020 wildfires have already burned a record 2.3 million acres and the most dangerous part of the year is yet upon us. Dr. Keeley will speak on the causes behind the early fire season, new methods of predicting fire trajectories, how to better manage the wildland-urban interface, the prevention of powerline ignitions during extreme wind events, the contribution of climate change and drought to wildfires, and actions to protect structures (home hardening).

Jon E. Keeley, is Senior ST research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, adjunct professor at UCLA, former program director at the National Science Foundation, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Ecological Society of America Fellow. He has spent sabbaticals in all five mediterranean climate regions of the world. His research includes ecological life history strategies of plants from fire-prone ecosystems, fire-stimulated seed germination, invasive species, taxonomy of Arctostaphylos, and biochemical pathways of photosynthesis in vernal pool plants. His current research is focused on climate change impacts on future fire regimes. He has over 400 publications, which have garnered more than 20,000 citations. He is senior author of a 2012 Cambridge University Press book Fire in Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management.

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