Catastrophic wildfires, sometimes called “megafires,” are more and more common in the western United States. California in particular is increasingly thought of as having a year-round (24/7/365) fire season. These megafires ignore boundaries, require prolonged and expensive interagency responses, and harm natural and cultural resources. Many agencies have developed programs designed to reduce wildfire risk, such as through the use of mechanical thinning or prescribed fire. However, these programs often are treating far fewer acres than called for in planning documents. Experienced fire scientists and managers believe it is time to reassess fire and fuels management programs.
To meet these challenges, the George Wright Society is organizing Fire Management 24/7/365, a collaborative, outcomes-focused training workshop to help practitioners, managers, and researchers from different agencies and organizations work together and with other land owners to reduce wildfire threat and restore fire-dependent mixed-conifer ecosystems in California.