Adapting To The New Reality Of Increased Wildfire Danger
Monday, May 13, 2013
Aired 5/13/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Rick Halsey, Director of the California Chaparral Institute. He specializes in wildfire ecology and is also a former wildland firefighter.
Alexandra Syphard, Ph.D., Ecologist with the Conservation Biology Institute
Lawrence A. Herzog, Professor and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in City Planning at the SDSU School of Public Affairs
Last week, state officials acknowledged the very early start of fire season in California this year. Governor Jerry Brown emphasized that the state has to prepare for longer and more hazardous fire conditions in the years to come.
"Our climate is changing, the weather is becoming more intense," Brown said. "It doesn't look like the people who are in charge are going to do what it takes to really slow down this climate change, so we are going to have to adapt. And adapting is going to be very, very expensive."
Two San Diego Cal Fire officials appeared on Midday Edition last week to explain how firefighters are working to prepare for serious wildfires.
Today we explore Governor Brown's warning about adapting to the new reality of increased fire danger. What does that actually mean? How expensive will it be? Are San Diego officials beginning to address this problem?