Understanding wildfire season
With California’s wildfire season bringing yearly evacuations, damage to communities and lasting health effects, Stanford faculty have been exploring ways of preventing fires and managing health risks.
As fires force evacuations in both Northern and Southern California, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency. Roughly 200,000 people have so far been evacuated from their homes and more than a million are without power in the Bay Area.
And this scenario is becoming a yearly event following devastating fires the past two years.
Stanford faculty have been studying the health effects of breathing smoke and particulates in communities surrounding California’s wildfires as well as investigating policies and technologies for preventing fires. Other experts are thinking about the lasting financial effects of wildfires on the state – particularly for the state’s largest electric utility, which was found responsible for three of the fires in 2018.