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Oakland Firesafe Council

California Fire Science Webinar – California’s Prescribed Fire (R)evolution: Changing Hearts, Minds, and Landscapes

• Tuesday, 2:00-3:00pm •

Abstract: Prescribed fire has undergone major transformation in California over the last decade or two, evolving from a mostly agency-led practice with limited visibility to a statewide grassroots movement, engaging and being led by a diversity of partners, including NGOs, ranchers, Indigenous practitioners, and other community leaders. This movement has been simultaneously organic, bubbling up at the local level, and impressively strategic, pairing local community organizing with state-level liability changes, new qualifications pathways for practitioners, and major investments in cutting-edge concepts, like the state’s $20 million Prescribed Fire Claims Fund. The change during this period has been monumental, representing an evolution in the way we think about and implement prescribed fire in California, but it also represents a revolution—the result of a groundswell of passion, purpose, and pressure from the most affected communities. This presentation will share insights on California’s prescribed fire evolution/revolution, and reflect on where it might go from here.

Presenter: Lenya Quinn-Davidson is the Fire Network Director for the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.