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Thursday Night Talk: California Wildfires, is this the "New Normal?"

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On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Yana Valachovic spoke with three regional scientists to help us understand what is really going on with wildfire in California. The Carr, Mendocino Complex, Wine Country, Ferguson and Thomas Fires have burned homes in unexpected places, taken many lives, filled our skies with smoke, and for many leads to the question of what can be done?  Together they explored whether or not this is the “new normal” and what we can do to become better fire adapted.

Yana's guests: Eamon Engber - fire ecologist with Whiskeytown National Park,  Eric Knapp - fire ecologist with the USDA Forest Service in Redding, and Craig Clements - fire meteorologist with San Jose State University and the fire weather research laboratory.

I. Fuel Treatment examples:

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Whiskeytown fuel treatments area before the Carr Fire.

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Boulder Creek thinning and fuels treatment: untreated areas are left of road, treated areas are right of road.
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Boulder Creek thinning and fuels treatment: untreated areas are left of road, treated areas are right of road.