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Redwoods normally buck fires, except when Sudden Oak Death is around

September 24, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Researchers find that redwood forests suffering from Sudden Oak Death burn with greater intensity.

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East Bay hills tree removal debate catches fire

May 23, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A plan for tree removal in the East Bay hills is open for public comment until June 17. We talk to a biologist, historian, gardener, land manager, and critic.

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Controlled burn at Redwood Regional Park

December 12, 2012 by Wendy Tokuda

In summer 2012, we reported on the East Bay Regional Park District’s plan for a prescribed burn at Redwood Regional ...

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Diablo Firesafe Council

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

DFSC’s role in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties is to serve as a catalyst for bringing together people, agencies and the means to substantially reduce the impact of wildland fire.

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Taming the Flames

July 10, 2012 by Wendy Tokuda

The 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm left no doubt that big fires happen in the East Bay. Now, the East Bay Regional Park District is fighting fire with fire at Redwood Regional Park, one part of a massive effort to reduce fire danger across thousands of acres in the East Bay Hills.

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Oakland’s Claremont Canyon, 20 Years After the Fire

October 19, 2011 by Daniel McGlynn

Two decades ago, parts of Claremont Canyon burned in one of the largest wildfires the Bay Area has ever seen. Since then, neighbors have steadily worked to make themselves at home in a fire-prone landscape.

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Forged by Fire

October 01, 2009 by Lester Rowntree

We know that wildfire is a key part of the ecology of the Bay Area and has played a major role in shaping our landscapes. Yet it's simply not possible to let fires burn naturally in an urban region such as ours. But just to the south, the 240,000-acre Ventana Wilderness near Big Sur is large and remote enough to allow for the return of a natural fire regime. That's what has happened over the past 30 years as a series of lightning-ignited wildfires has helped shape both a living laboratory of fire ecology and an increasingly diverse landscape.

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Book Review: Introduction to Fire in California

October 01, 2008 by Laura Hautala

by David Carle, UC Press, 2008, 236 pages, $18.95 This year’s record fire season made it undeniable: Fire is a ...

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Wildfire in California

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

On the first day of summer, a thunderstorm crackled across much of California. Eight thousand lightning strikes ignited over 2,000 ...

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The Bright Side of Fire

September 05, 2008 by Sue Rosenthal

Hot days and a dry year mean major fire danger in the Bay Area. But many plants are adapted to fire, and some even need it to reproduce. Even so, there's a lot we don't know about the natural rhythms of fire.

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