UA Experts Available on California Fire

Dec. 12, 2017

University of Arizona Experts Available for Comment on Thomas Fire

TUCSON, Ariz. — Three University of Arizona scientists are available for comment on the Thomas fire, which began Dec. 4 in Southern California and has now consumed 234,000 acres. The fire, which entered Santa Barbara County last weekend, is 20 percent contained. It is the fifth-largest fire in California history.

Postdoctoral researcher Erica Newman, a pyrogeographer, specializes in what starts and fuels a fire and how it can spread. Associate professor Donald Falk is an expert in fire history, fire ecology, dendroecology and restoration ecology. He teaches an introductory class in wildfire science. Associate professor Gregg Garfin is an expert on the connection between wildfires and climate change.

Contact information for Newman, Falk and Garfin is below.


Erica Newman
UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Donald Falk
UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Gregg Garfin
UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment

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