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Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley Hold Berkeley Fire Research Workshop (May 9, 2019)

May 10, 2019:
Environmental scientists and engineers came together at a workshop to share research taking place across Berkeley relevant to “Fire in the Environment.” The workshop covered a range of key topics, including the expected impact of climate change on future fires; wildfire as a natural part of California’s environment; and cutting-edge technologies that can assist with detecting, modeling, and mapping fires, and enhancing our ability to co-exist with future fires. Event was held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 (Berkeley Fire Research Workshop Webpage and Agenda).

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There could be an app for detecting wildfires

April 4, 2019:
(Capital Public Radio Online, By Ezra David Romero, April 26, 2019): Geography professor Jeffrey Chambers has modeled a computer program to help California quickly detect wildfires, inspired by real-time data (including satellite photographs taken of the state every five minutes) during the devastating Camp Fire last November, and decided it was just a matter of developing an app that could use the tools available to quickly spot fires and alert emergency responders.
See also Berkeley News/Press Release (Robert Sanders, April 15, 2019).

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CCST Expert Briefing (April 4, 2019)

April 1, 2019:
CCST Expert Briefing showcasing the perspectives from some of CCST’s partners on “Environmental Impacts of Wildfire in California.” Panelists will discuss the effects of wildfires on air and water quality. Moderated by Susan Hubbard, CCST Council Member and Associate Laboratory Director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Event will be on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Flyer and Agenda).

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The California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation have announced the award of $20 million in block grants

March 30, 2019:
The California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation have announced the award of $20 million in block grants for regional projects that improve forest health and increase fire resiliency. This Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program helps communities prioritize, develop and implement projects that strengthen fire resiliency.