Dangerous Wildfires Like the Carr Fire in Redding Driven by Sprawl, Climate Change, Experts Say

August 01, 2018

As reported by Capital Public Radio,  the Carr Fire that’s destroyed dozens of homes in Redding is the second major wildfire in less than a year to move into a city. ARE/ESPM Professor Keith Gilless noted that extreme fires such as these will become more common in California’s populated areas. But it’s not that fires are somehow drawn to urban spots. “I think the trend is really that we moved into the wildlands, more than that the fires from the wildlands moved into our space,” Gilless explained. Experts say California can’t prevent these fires entirely. But it can lessen their severity, Gilless said, by thinning forests, strengthening building codes for new and existing homes and making roadways and utility corridors safer. “We need a lot more vegetation management,” he said. “We need to be very rigorous in defining what sorts of building codes in high-fire hazard zones are acceptable. … It’s going to affect everything we do.”