Population-Based Fire Planning

The combination of human-caused and natural fires kept the fuel-load low enough to prevent intensely hot fires from which the eco-system cannot recover. A simplistic model is that low temperature burns allow for a cycle of wildflowers, replaced by stump-sprouting brush, replaced by trees, along with the variety of animal life supported by this ecosystem, then fire ignites and the cycle repeats. Suppressing fire results in an overgrowth of woody vegetation which results in hotter fires which incinerates the soil, thereby destroying all plant and animal life that would normally survive below the surface of the soil, and the cycle cannot repeat.

Conservancy invests $19 million in wildfire resilience

“The governor’s early action budget represents a strategic shift, investing funds directly into high-risk regions and putting communities in the driver seat to ensure projects not only reduce wildfire risk but also improve local economies and ecology,” said Deputy Secretary for Forest and Wildfire Resilience Jessica Morse. “The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is bringing a fast, thoughtful and community-based approach to help remarkable mountain communities not just survive fires but thrive.”

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