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Fire Weather Research Workshop, April 8-9, 2021

SJSU Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center is hosting a Fire Weather Workshop, April 8-9, 2021

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This year, the workship will have an extended speaker list of colleagues and partners from across the world to provide an international perspective on current fire weather reesarch. Sessions include: fuels and fire danager, remote sensing of fire environment, fire weather indices and case studies, coupled fire-atmosphere modeling advances, and smoke modeling and impacts. For more information vist the webiste (click here). Register here 

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VIDEO: March Fire Safe Presentation

Presentation: Changes in fire risk for climate change in San Mateo County. 

Isabel Pares Ramos, San Mateo Office of Sustainability and LeRoy Westerling, UC Merced

link to video here

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Wildfire Cameras Installed in Several San Mateo County Locations

Thanks to sponsorship from CAL FIRE, PGE, and local fire agencies, ALERTWildfire has installed several wildfire cameras in strategic locations throughout San Mateo county and the western United States.

ALERTWildfire is a consortium of three universities -- The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), University of California San Diego (UCSD), and the University of Oregon (UO) -- providing access to state-of-the-art Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and associated tools to help firefighters and first responders: (1) discover/locate/confirm fire ignition, (2) quickly scale fire resources up or down appropriately, (3) monitor fire behavior through containment, (4) during firestorms, help evacuations through enhanced situational awareness, and (5) ensure contained fires are monitored appropriately through their demise.

To view wildfire cameras and get more information on ALERTWildfire, follow the link below:

ALERTWildfire | Network Map 

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Wildfire Temporary Jobs Assistance Program

Celia Hare of the Center for Employment Training (based in San Jose, CA) presented at the March Fire Safe Council meeting. She shared information about the 2020 August Wildfire Temporary Jobs Assistance Program which is currently serving San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. This program is focused on public or non-profit land post-fire clean up by their crews. 

At this time, the program is both identifying potential job sites and recruiting people for the program. 

If you are interested in leanring more, please reach out to Celia Hare: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (408) 534-5339

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Firelighter and Wildland Firefighter Training

The Central Coast Prescribed Burn Council (CCPBA) is hosting Prescribed Firelighter and Wildland Firefighter Training. 

The workshop will be held in three locations:

  • April 3: Santa Lucia Conservancy, Carmel, Monterey CO
  • April 10: Paicines Ranch, San Benito CO
  • April 11: Davenport, Santa Cruz Co

These are all day events 9:00am - 5:00pm

Register here: Prescribed Firelighter and Basic Wildland Firefighter Training (


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California's Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan

California's Wildfire and Forest and Resilience Action Plan was released January 2021 by the Forest Management Task Force. It is a call to action for California's growing forest and wildfire crisis. It is designed to strategically accelerate efforts to: 

  • Restore the health and reslience of California forests, grasslands and natural places
  • Improve the fire safety of our communities
  • Sustain th economic vitality of rural forested areas 

Link here:

Action Plan

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Living with Fire talk by Matteo Garbelotto of UC Berkeley


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Matteo Garbelotto will be giving a talk called "Living with Fire" on December 12, 2020 at 10am. 

Dr. Garbelotto has previously spoken on Sudden Oak Death at a previous Fire Safe San Mateo County meeting. He is inviting anyone interested to register and attend. 


Register here:

Website with more information:

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Red Flag Warning in effect in the Santa Cruz Mountains


Red Flag Warning

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UPCOMING EVENT: Amah Mutsun Land Trust Fire Symposium Webinar, Nov. 19

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust is hosting their first ever fire symposium online on November 19, from 3:00 - 4:30 PM. 

The event will bring together tribal leaders, fire researchers, archaeologists, and others for a discussion on coastal Central California's fire history, prescribed burning, and Indigenous fire stewardship.  Event details and registration information can be found here:

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ARTICLE LINK: Community destruction during extreme wildfires is a home ignition problem

Fire Safe San Mateo County would like to share this article with the Fire Safe Council membership from Wildfire today by Jack Cohen and Dave Strohmaier.

Community destruction during extreme wildfires is a home ignition problem

Wildfire Today

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