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POLS 492: Fire, Water and Food

Fire Resources

Government Agencies

  • CAL FIRE - California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California's privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State's 58 counties via contracts with local governments.
  • U.S. Department of Indian Affairs Branch of Wildland Fire Management - Mission is to protect lives, property, and resources while restoring and maintaining healthy ecosystems through cost-effective and creative fire-management programs, collaboration, and promoting Indian self-determination.
  • California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force - The purpose of the Task Force is to develop and implement an interagency framework establishing healthy and resilient forests and communities that can withstand and adapt to wildfire, drought, and a changing climate.
  • BLM Fire Program - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fire program includes fire suppression, preparedness, predictive services, fuels management, fire planning, community assistance and protection, prevention and education, and safety.
  • California Fire Safe Council - The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), a California non-profit corporation, was first formed as a project of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) in 1993. It provides grants and technical assistance to local community groups.

Indigenous Knowledge

  • Historical and Cultural Fires, Tribal Management and Research Issue in Northern California: Trails, Fires and Tribulations -  This essay summarizes fire and fuels research and management issues pertaining to tribal groups of American Indians in the southern Pacific Northwest and northern California regions. (Lake, Frank. “Historical and Cultural Fires, Tribal Management and Research Issue in Northern California: Trails, Fires and Tribulations.” Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Volume 5, March 1, 2013.)
  • Western Klamath Restoration Partnership - The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) seeks to build trust and a shared vision for restoring fire resilience at the landscape scale. A hallmark of the partnership is the Karuk Tribe’s knowledge of fire, passed down from generation to generation. This “traditional ecological knowledge” (TEK) shows that traditional human/fire relationships of the past can guide the strategies of the future. Representatives from the Karuk Tribe, Mid Klamath Watershed Council, Salmon River Restoration Council, and the US Forest Service are co-leads of the collaborative group, but many other stakeholders, communities and organizations are involved.
  • Karuk Climate Change Projects - This website contains information about the Karuk Tribe’s assessments, plans, and reports regarding climate change, fire management, and traditional ecological knowledge.


  • TREX: Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges - The key focus of TREX is promoting the spread of effective cooperative burning—helping diverse partners leverage skills, resources and staff in ways that maximize opportunities for outreach, treatment and training.
  • California Prescribed Burn Associations - Prescribed Burn Associations (PBAs) are community based, mutual aid networks that help private landowners put “good fire” back on the land. The Cal PBA website is a one-stop location for PBAs in California - providing contact information and useful prescribed fire resources.


  • Wildfire Research - from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Articles on California Wildfires - from The Conversation, a nonprofit, independent news organization dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of experts for the public good. The Conversation publishes trustworthy and informative articles written by academic experts for the general public and edited by a team of journalists.
  • Fire Science Research Topics  - from the United States Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.


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