Wildfires Crisis

Learn about the wildfire crisis and how forest fuel treatments are a primary solution.


Property damage.

The 2020 wildfire season in California has caused:


billion in direct property damage


more than 2019

DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company via AP

Fire Loss in the United States During 2020

Bad Air Days.

The west coast has four times more bad air days  (AQI > 50) than it used to.


bad air days annually in Oakland


more bad air days
than 10 years ago

Oakland now has 45 bad air days annually (2016-2020) versus 10 in (2009-2013)


Wildfires emit an estimated:


tonnes of CO₂e/y


of global emissions

Wildfire Emission Estimates for 2020

Root cause


Not enough good fire

100 years of active fire suppression has caused our forests to become dense and fuel-laden.

1934 - Forests of old had regular fire on a frequent interval, which made them less dense.

2010 - Today's forests have little good fire, which makes them extremely dense and fuel laden.


Climate change

Climate change has accelerated the forest drying, and made our fire seasons longer.



Mechanical thinning

Return the forest to natural levels of density.

Forest management at work in the El Dorado National Forest.



Prescribed burns

Reduce the fuel in the forest and improve forest health.

Fuel treatment works.

The Bootleg Fire burned Fremont-Winema National Forest in August, but areas where the U.S. Forest Service and the Klamath Tribes had conducted thinning and prescribed burns were less damaged than adjacent sites.

No treatment
Thinning & Prescribed fires

Interested in accelerating fuel treatment?