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Fire, Volume 2, Issue 1 (March 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) On 16 December 2017, the Thomas Fire roared down San Ysidro Canyon in Montecito, CA, fanned by 60+ [...] Read more. On 16 December 2017, the Thomas Fire roared down San Ysidro Canyon in Montecito, CA, fanned by 60+ mph winds and the extreme drought. Looking west across the canyon in April 2018, the effects of pre-fire fuel reduction efforts are evident. The massive fire consumed dense chaparral at such a high intensity that the fire-tolerant plants are not yet re-sprouting in the right side of the photo. However, thinning and defensible space around the white house, depicted here, and the historic San Ysidro Ranch, just below, starved the fire of fuel, bringing it to the ground. This transition is evident from the lush green grass—vegetation that is critical to stabilizing the soil and minimizing post-fire landslides—growing back just four months after the fire. The work was done as part of a community-wide effort to reduce wildfire vulnerability, saving Montecito on what could have otherwise been the day the town burned down. View this paper.