Wildfires have always been part of the landscape in the western states. But the size and intensity of fires over the last several years is something new.
They are being called “megafires;” wildfires covering over 100,000 acres each. The higher temperatures and lower humidity, brought on by climate change, are whipping up these hotter and bigger wildfires. And people’s lives are being upended by the flames.
Today we’re exploring the damage megafires are unleashing on life, property and natural ecosystems – and forest management solutions.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California.