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North Bay Wildfires, October 8, 2017: An Overview | What’s Next?


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Gathering Together: A Community Discussion on the Impacts of the Recent Wildfires

- David Shew, Staff Chief: Planning & Risk Analysis, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Cal Fire

This presentation was given during a workshop at the Bay Area Open Space Council's November Gathering on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. More info on the Bay Area Open Space Council's blog:

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North Bay Wildfires, October 8, 2017: An Overview | What’s Next?

  1. 1. North Bay Wildfires October 8, 2017 An Overview What’s Next? PRESENTED BY: STAFF CHIEF DAVID SHEW C H I E F F O R P L A N N I N G A N D R I S K A N A LY S I S CAL F I RE / O F F I C E O F T H E S TAT E F I R E M A R S H A L B AY A R E A | O P E N S PA C E C O U N C I L D AV I D B R O W E R C E N T E R , B E R K E L E Y, C A T H U R S D AY, N O V E M B E R 1 6 , 2 0 1 7
  2. 2. October 8, 2017 Central & Southern LNU Complex All fires shown ignited within a 6 hour window, beginning at 2143 Hours Winds speeds recorded at 40 – 70 mph Total Acreage: > 160,000 Structures Affected: > 9,000 Fatalities: 30 First 48 Hours of the Incidents: 3662 Phone Calls Average of 153 Calls Per Hour Average of 2.5 Calls Per Minute
  3. 3. IMPACTS OF DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE: • Fire ignitions continue to increase above our normal 5 year average • More large devastating fires – recent Valley and Butte Fires in 2015, and now the October 2017 Fire Siege • 200 – 300 initial attack fires each week, on average • Longer fire seasons across the West– on average, now 70 days longer than 40 years ago • Recognition that “status quo” won’t solve the problem • Current efforts focused on prevention – attempt to be more proactive
  4. 4. Examples of Standing Dead Trees – Killed from Bark Beetle
  5. 5. Atlas Fire – 2017 Black Perimeter Fire History – 75 Years Almost entire fire area has burned previously
  6. 6. Sonoma- Lake-Napa Unit 5 Year Fire History Map • Add your first bullet point here • Add your second bullet point here • Add your third bullet point here
  7. 7. Drought conditions are more severe since stands are denser than what historically occurred.
  8. 8. “New Normal” • These types of fires will continue to happen • Learn how to live with fire: – More Resilient natural environment and… – Man-made environment that is more Resistant to wildires • How do we accomplish this? – Better Land Use Planning – Building materials and ember resistant construction – Defensible Space – Healthier Forests • Collaborative Effort – Everyone has to be involved! – Local, State, Federal, and Private Partnerships
  9. 9. THANK YOU! Staff Chief David Shew