Articles and scientific studies to help better understand the causes and consequences of today's Western megafires.


Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal
National Geographic

Stanford engineer’s study shows effects of biomass burning on climate, health
Stanford University Engineering

When Fire Season Lasts All Year Long
Los Angeles Times

The Era of Megafires: The Crisis Facing California and What Will Happen Next
The Guardian

Three of California’s Biggest Fires Ever Are Burning Right Now
New York Times

Fierce and Unpredictable: How Wildfires Became Infernos
New York Times

In California’s new wildfire reality, facing the need for periodic fires to clear fuel
San Francisco Chronicle

Fighting Fire with Fire: California Turns to Prescribed Burning
Yale Environment 360

Megafires: Fighting Fire with Fire Could Reduce Destructive, Out of Control Blazes
East Bay Times

Preparing for Disaster
SF Chronicle

As this Sonoma County land preserve heals from the devastating Tubbs fire, so too does its steward
LA Times

National Park Service cancels controlled burn near Earth's largest tree
LA Times

Start-up Blue Forest secures funding for first privately financed forest fire bond
LA Times

California Takes Major Steps Toward Fighting Its Wildfire Crisis

Editorial: We can do more about fires
SF Chronicle

California’s year-round wildfire threat: Why aren’t communities doing more?
SF Chronicle

To Help Prevent the Next Big Wildfire, Let the Forest Burn
New York Times

Native Tribes are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands

After a California Wildfire, New and Old Homeless Populations Collide
New York Times

How Northern California’s destructive wildfires could exacerbate the state’s housing crisis
LA Times

A million California buildings face wildfire risk. ‘Extraordinary steps’ are needed to protect them
LA Times

California’s peak fire season is shifting toward December, study shows
SF Chronicle

2018 was California’s worst year of fire ever, federal report confirms
Los Angeles Times

California’s ambitious plan to stop deadly wildfires may not be enough, experts say
SF Chronicle

California utilities are embracing technology to stop fires. Is it enough?
SF Chronicle

Gov. Gavin Newsom declares emergency in California amid wildfire threats
SF Chronicle

Firefighting aircraft ‘increasingly ineffective’ amid worsening wildfires
LA Times

Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation Report

Fighting fire with fire: Should California burn its forests to protect against catastrophe?
The Modesto Bee

Controlled burns not only help forest health but human health, study finds
SF Chronicle

Scientific Studies

High severity wildfire effects on carbon stocks and emissions in fuels treated and untreated forest
Forest Ecology and Management

Drought, Tree Mortality, and Wildfire in Forests Adapted to Frequent Fire
American Institute of Biological Sciences

An Ecosystem Management Study for Sierra Mixed-Conifer Forests
US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station