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UCSB studying new strategies to prevent wildfires

Posted at 7:49 PM, Jan 07, 2020

A UC Santa Barbara professor is working to develop new strategies to help prevent and respond to wildfires.

Professor Charles Jones will take a comprehensive look at the issues affecting wildfires in a newly awarded $3.3 million project he will lead in 2020.

This is just one of the many research projects funded by the University of California Lab Fees Program every year.

Professor Jones will focus on understanding the correlation between extreme fire weather, climate change, the electric power grid and vegetation management.

The idea was sparked after the many recent PG&E planned power outages.

The UCSB research team also includes Professors Anna Trugman, Andrew Plantinga and Leila Carvalho. They will collaborate with eight other researchers at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley.