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Living with Fire: The USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Project

Released: 2013
USGS General Information Product 147: Living with Fire: The USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Project. 2013.

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Southern California's fire ecology is unlike that of anywhere else in the United States. Fire control strategies developed for mountain forests don't have the same results here. So can science help uncover new answers to help Southern California communities manage and live with wildfires? This 10 minute film showcases ongoing USGS research supporting agencies on the frontlines of fire management. 

Like earthquakes, southern California wildfires can't be prevented -- but the risks they pose to our communities and landscapes can be managed. USGS scientists hope to increase our understanding of wildfire factors. The resulting research can assist managers and planners in finding solutions to reduce the risk of home and habitat loss -- and help southern California truly learn to live with fire. 

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Living with Fire: The USGS Southern California Wildfire Risk Project
USGS General Information Product 147

A Production of U.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center, Office of Communications and Publishing, Office of Regional Director-Pacific Region

Produced & Directed by
Stephen M. Wessells

Executive Producer
Steven Schwarzbach

Assistant Producer
Ben Young Landis

Written by
Donna Matrazzo
Ben Young Landis

Haydon Lane

Additional Camera
Stephen M. Wessells

Cissy Jones

Haydon Lane

On-Camera Experts
Ross Bradstock
C.J. Fotheringham
Rick Halsey
Jon Keeley
Carlton Rochester
Alexandra Syphard
Marti Witter

Fire Footage Camera
Tim Walton – Cal Fire
Rich Servatius – Bay 6 Productions
Kevin Hansen – Orange County Fire

Archival News Reel
UCLA Film & Television Archive

HL Filmworks, Inc.
Google Earth
National Park Service
Santa Monica Mts. National Rec. Area

Killer Tracks

Photographs/Additional Footage
Chris Brown
Denise Clark 
Jon Keeley
Robert Taylor
Rick Halsey
Carlton Rochester
Robert Shantz

Also Appearing on-Camera
Danielle Dennis – Yard Cleanup
President Richard M. Nixon
Adam Backlin
Tess Brennan
Denise Clark
Carla D’Antonio
Will Forney
Stacie Hathaway
Ben Young Landis
Trent Penman
Owen Price
Sara Schuster
Steven Schwarzbach
Christopher Soulard
Robert Taylor
Jeff Tracey

Special Thanks
Conservation Biology Institute

Joint Fire Science Program
National Park Service
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
University of Wollongong, Australia
US Forest Service

Cal Fire
Bay 6 Productions
Orange County Fire

California Chaparral Institute
Photo One Productions
Tess Brennan
Joe Cipriano
Dale Cox
Danielle Faye
Bradley Hight
Keith Miles
Sandi Page
Trent Penman
Owen Price
Robert Shantz
Tammy Sharp

This product is associated with the following project:
Southern California Wildfire Risk Scenario Project

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