| California is burning. The state is now in the midst of one of the worst droughts in its history with 1,000 more wildfires this year than last. A year ago, the largest wildfire ever in the Sierra Nevada was still burning. The 2013 Rim Fire scorched more than 250,000 acres and took 69 days to fully contain.
Scientists say Californians should prepare for a future of more Rim Fires, fueled by climate change, drought, and forest mismanagement.
This multimedia series examines how Californians are coping with the increased threat, what technologies are being developed to fight and predict fire, and how we can make forests less prone to megafires in the future.
Capital Public Radio News spent several months creating this project. Environment Reporter Amy Quinton trekked around California to areas north and south, urban and rural and deep into state and federal forestlands to get a true understanding of wildfire threats…and solutions.
“Through my reporting on this series I discovered California’s past forest management policies have put us in a precarious position. The reality is that our forests are more volatile than ever,” says Quinton.
“California Burning addresses an issue that affects everyone living in California, as evidenced by the many fires across the state right now,” says Joe Barr, Capital Public Radio’s Director of News and Information. “We’re proud to present this kind of in-depth, multimedia storytelling.”
The California Burning website features additional stories and rich visual content, including photos, interactive graphics, videos and more at capradio.org/californiaburning. Tune in to Morning Edition, Insight and All Things Considered on CapRadio News September 29 – October 3 for a full week of California Burning stories and discussion about the state’s wildlife future.
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