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Every year, wildfires devastate the landscapes of Southern California from Los Angeles to San Diego. Why do some communities burn, and some don't? USGS is analyzing fire patterns at the wildland-urban interface (WUI) for clues to help cities balance their management of fire hazards and natural resources.

Ross Bradstock and Jon Keeley --Photographer: Ben Young Landis/USGS


The Southern California Wildfire Risk Scenario project is led by Jon Keeley of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center with the support of local, state, federal, international and nongovernmental partners. It is funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS WERC Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station

Jon E. Keeley (PI) |
C.J. Fotheringham | 

USGS WERC San Diego Field Station  

Robert Fisher (PI) |   

Center for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires
University of Wollongong, Australia

Ross Bradstock (PI) |
Owen Price |
Trent Penman |

Conservation Biology Institute

Alexandra Syphard (PI) | 

USGS Western Geographic Science Center

Anne Wein |
Bill Labiosa |
Noemi Alvarez |


Additional project support comes from the following partners:

  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Conejo Valley Community Planning
  • Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors - 3rd District
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department - Forestry Division
  • National Park Service - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 
  • Orange County Fire Authority
  • San Diego Gas & Electric - Community Fire Safety Program
  • Santa Monica Mountains Fire Safe Council
  • U.S. Joint Fire Science Program
  • USDA Forest Service

Updated 2012.08.02

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