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Wildfire Solutions

Preventing catastrophic wildfire, improving health and safety

Wildfire Events


Learn more about wildfire research at Stanford.

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Stanford experts on wildfire-related issues.


Catch up on briefings and interviews with Stanford experts.

Wildfire Research Projects

Fire with Fire

A practical system focused on fuels, ignitions, relocation, and extensive and intensive health impacts (FIRE) can benefit California and other areas under threat from wildfires around the globe.

Prevention Treatment

A preventive treatment developed by Stanford researchers led by Eric Appel involving an environmentally safe gel-like retardant provides season-long protection against wildfire ignitions.

Zombie Forests

California’s zombie forests — forests established under a prior climate regime now out of climate equilibrium — represent a critical, and as yet unaccounted for, high risk factor for catastrophic wildfire.

Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program, and other Stanford researchers are working with state officials and stakeholders to inform wildfire policy and understand the role utilities play in catastrophic wildfires.

Marshall Burke, professor of Earth System Science, and colleagues bring together data on the changing risk and societal burden of wildfire in the U.S. and use satellite data and statistical modeling to estimate indirect mortality. 

Kari Nadeau, Director of Stanford's Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, has active research projects in Fresno, California, studying health impacts from wildfire smoke.

Wildfire News and Media Coverage

A dark store interior
October 27, 2020 | The San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Wara comments on aging power infrastrucure, climate change and wildfires.
smoke and wildfire among trees in a forest
As the Western U.S. faces another severe wildfre season, multiple outlets have quoted, interviewed and published comments from Stanford wildfire experts on topics from climate change, wildfire...
Dr. Mary Prunicki in a lab
October 26, 2020 | The Six Fifty
Mary Prunicki answers questions on the impacts of wildfire smoke on human health.
October 22, 2020
Multiple news outlets have covered a study finding that autumn days with extreme fire weather have more than doubled in California since the early 1980s due to climate change. Published StudyClimate...
A fire burns a hillside
October 16, 2020 | The Washington Post
Michael Wara discusses California's wildfires and PG&E's attempt to help curb them by shutting off power to consumers.
October 15, 2020
Scientists and engineers led by Eric Appel worked with state and local agencies to develop and test a long-lasting, environmentally benign fire-retarding material. If used on high-risk areas, the...

Wildfire Research and Prevention Experts

For assistance in reaching experts, contact Devon Ryan or Chris Black

Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering

Wildfire prevention, new technology to prevent ignitions, human-caused wildfires

Associate Professor of Earth System Science

Wildfire smoke and air pollution mortality risk, wildfire costs and economic statistics

Professor of Earth System Science

Climate and wildfire risk, drought and precipitation, extreme events

Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Wildfire and climate change, wildfire ecology, forest management

Professor of Earth System Science

Wildfires and greenhouse gas emissions, fire and forest ecology

Assistant Professor of Earth System Science

Tree mortality, wildfire prediction, forest ecology, climate risk, remote sensing

Ph.D. Candidate in Environment and Resources

Wildfire management and policy, wildfire prevention, human impacts of wildfires

Director, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research

Air quality and public health, wildfire and prescribed burn smoke impacts

Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program

Wildfire policy and law, electric utilities and wildfire prevention

Assistant Professor of Earth System Science

Psychology and human behavior, human impacts of wildfires

Decades of fire suppression, climate change, and the development of homes and businesses next to dense forests and wild areas called the “wildland urban interface” have made California’s forests a matchbox. In recent years, wildfires have killed over 150 people, destroyed over 35,000 homes, and caused more than $125 billion in societal losses. Diverse and disadvantaged populations, including Native Americans and migrant worker communities, are among the most vulnerable to wildfire and smoke exposure, which can have grave public health impacts. Fighting wildfires costs billions, and current practices are allowing the risks to grow.

Wildfire Publications