The King Fire - A New Kind of Wildfire? [VIDEO]

Kim Noyes

The King Fire - A New Kind of Wildfire?

In 2014, the King Fire traveled 15 miles overnight burning an area one-and-a-half times the size of San Francisco and leaving over 50,000 acres of dead trees in its wake. Was this a new kind of fire? In this first (of three) videos on lessons of the King Fire, we hear from North Zone Silviculturalist, Dana Walsh. An experienced member of the U.S. Forest Service stationed in the El Dorado National Forest, Dana explores the contrast between how fires historically behaved in the Sierra Nevada and how modern wildfires are behaving. From describing the state of modern fuel loads and continuous forest canopies to explaining burn severities, this episode defines many of the challenges faces by modern Sierra Nevada forests.