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Listen to graduate student Kate Wilkin Thursday October 2nd on NPR affiliate Capital Public Radio at (Morning Edition at 630 and 830 AM, All Things Considered at 430 PM) as part of a five part series on Fire in California. Check out the multimedia series or read about Kate's adventure with an NPR reporter.

June 28, 2014
Kate Wilkin guided Capital Public Radio reporter, Amy Quinton, through Yosemite National Park's Illilouette Basin to discuss "where fire works" in California. They explored an area where lightning strike fires have been allowed to burn since the 1970s resulting in a restored forest with a rich fire history. The rich fire history demonstrates that once fires are allowed to burn, they are self-limiting. The fires start to fit together like a jig saw puzzle. The past fire prevents a future fire. After a decade or more, past fires no longer limit the extent of other fires, but they often moderate fire severity, or how many trees are killed. The restored forest has quilt-like patches of unique communities and range from open park like forests to shrub lands, dense baby trees, and wetlands all with diverse plants and animals on the forest floor. Learn more at

Photo credit: Stacey Frederick

June 4, 2014
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer, joined by Stella Cousins from the Battles lab, designed and manned interactive fire-related demonstrations at a NatureBridge Fundraising Gala in San Francisco.


April 12, 2014
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer, joined by Stella Cousins from the Battles lab and Sibyl Diver from the Carlson lab,  hosted numerous Native American students, family members, and community supporters during Cal Day 2014. Four interactive sessions focused on combustion and fire behavior (with the fire vortex), prescribed fire (with a dress-up station), and methods of studying fire, including dendrochronology (with real fire scars)! Read more here

March 8 - 22, 2014
Anu Kramer attended a prescribed fire training exchange at the Niobrara Valley Preserve near Norden, Nebraska.  During the 2 weeks, almost 3,200 acres were burned by over 100 participants including students from 6 universities, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, local fire departments, nonprofits, and landowners. 
Ainsworth Star-Journal article Interview about the training

October 20 - November 2, 2013
Kate Wilkin and Anu Kramer attended a prescribed fire training exchange hoasted by the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council in Northern California.  The training spanned 15 burns covering 389 acres near Orick, Arcata, Orleans, Hayfork, and Whiskeytown, CA with 40 participants from across the US and Spain.  Article in Wildfire Today  TV news spot

August 30, 2013 
Scott spoke on KQED's "Forum" about Yosemite's Rim Fire. listen here

April 23, 2013 
Congrats to Kate Wilkin, who is now a Ph.D. candidate!

April 21, 2013 
The lab and 9 undergrads completed a prescribed burn at UC Berkeley's Blodgett Forest!

(photo by Rob York)

March 22, 2013 
Congrats to Anu Kramer, who won an outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award!

January 30, 2013 
The lab recently hosted a departmental happy hour, complete with a 3-cake-series representing fire succession in central Sierra forests.  To read and see more, click here.

(photo by Anu Kramer)

December 20, 2012 
Scott Stephens is now a full professor at UC Berkeley!  Congrats, Scott!!!

November 26, 2012 
Chris Dow won a scholarship from the California Nevada Hawaii Forest Fire Council and won the Roy H. Richards, Jr. Scholarship from the California Licensed Foresters Association!

Current Fire Conditions:

INCIWEB: Incident Report Page
National Website for Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACC)
Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (ONCC)
Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (OSCC)



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