California’s At-Risk Urban Forests

The 177 million trees in California’s urban forests are at-risk as state-mandated water cuts start to significantly reduce irrigation vital to mostly non-native, ornamental trees.  For context of the threat, 12 million native trees in California’s wildlands have died due to the extended drought.

Start California Fuel Modification in Spring

Spring is the best time to perform fuel-modification maintenance for fire protection planning as vegetation starts to dry out.

Hidden Habitat Implications of California’s Dry Weather

  “Project owners with pending permitting and habitat mitigation programs need to plan for potential setbacks if California’s extended dry weather continues,” said Michael Sweesy, Dudek senior habitat restoration expert. “California had its worst drought conditions in 90 years between January and May last year, and the first seasonal snow survey in early January of…

Preparing for California’s Volatile Fire Season

  Fire officials in Southern California have warned that this could be the most volatile fire season in over a century. Projected weather conditions include a mix of Santa Ana winds and scant rainfall, which officials are equating to roughly 2,600 fires across 51,000 acres. Michael Huff, Dudek’s fire protection planning manager, recommends performing fuel modification maintenance…

Assessing Cumulative Development Impacts on Fire Services

  A recent focus in San Diego County on assessing fire services based on the cumulative impacts of proposed large developments may start to be seen elsewhere in California.  Development of large solar farms in San Diego’s rural eastern area prompted resource agencies to ask for more comprehensive fire service assessments, said Michael Huff, Dudek’s…

Smart Fuel Modification Saves Money, Avoids Fines

  Effectively reducing wildfire hazards requires a four-step approach: Assessing potential risks Developing a plan to reduce risks Implementing the plan Performing regular maintenance. Proper execution, however, is laced with nuances. Resource agencies and fire departments agree that there should be, at a minimum, 100 feet of defensible space between structures and the natural, unmodified…

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