Wildfire is a natural part of certain forest ecosystems, but climate change is supercharging it. We talk with wildfire expert Matt Hurteau about ways to respond.
Call on your representative to increase federal funding for wildfire risk mitigation.
Additional funding is essential to reducing the risk of extreme fires in the Western U.S.
Potential talking points
For areas at risk of wildfire, tell your local elected officials to
1) Increase housing density
2) Halt further development in the urban wildland interface
Climate change is increasing the risk of severe wildfire.
Continuing to allow more homes to be built in non-defensible areas is irresponsible and puts wildland firefighter lives at risk
EU announced it will push fossil fuel phase out at upcoming UN climate conference (COP 28)
Oil producing countries like Saudi Arabia have opposed language in past
In addition to EU announcement, it appears likely Pope will attend this year’s conference, a first
The conference is set to kick off in Abu Dhabi the end of November
Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa Tribes of Northern California have used fire as a tool for millennia
Oregon Department of Forestry was inundated with complaints when it released its first wildfire risk map in 2022
Western Red Cedar is dying off in high numbers and climate change is thought to be the cause
Roughly 3/4 of wildfires in Australia are started by humans
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