Over the course of 2020, nearly ten thousand fires in California burned over four million acres. Each year, we’re experiencing new records of loss and destruction and as we adjust to this new reality, we are learning from scientists, researchers, firefighters, and those with Traditional Ecological Knowledge about the ways that we can work together to create wildfire resilient communities.
Get started on your path to Wildfire Resilience:
Learn: Free Classes! Learn how garden design and maintenance can help protect homes in high-risk fire areas.
Watch Poppy Hour episodes about wildfire in Southern California:
- Cultural Burns with Richard Bugbee (Luiseno)
- Wildfire with Dr. Jon Keeley, a fire ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and Henry Herrera, a Forester with CAL FIRE
Wildfire in Southern California
Wildfire is an inherent part of life in Southern California. It is both an essential element of our local ecology that contributes to the rich biodiversity of the region as well as a very real and dangerous threat to people and property. Fire has been part of this land for millions of years, but during the past century, its frequency has increased due to climate change and a growing population. As we adjust to this new reality, we are learning from scientists, researchers, and firefighters about the ways that we can each take individual action to create wildfire resilient communities.
This guide will introduce you to the basics of wildfire in Southern California through the lens of California native plants and offer easy actions you can take at home to create and maintain a wildfire resilient landscape. Follow the links below to discover more about Fire Ecology, Post-fire Regeneration, the Wildland-Urban Interface, Wildfire Resilient Landscaping, and TPF’s La Tuna Fire Story.