UCLA researchers provide insight and context on California wildfires

November 1, 2019

Multiple UCLA researchers have been quoted in global, national and local publications regarding fires in California, including the Getty fire that started on Monday, October 28 near the UCLA campus in Westwood. They offered expert opinions on the fires, climate change and the new reality Californians are facing with more intense fire seasons.

The beginnings of a fire in Sherman Oaks, California, fills the skyline with smoke. Photograph: John Fredricks/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In addition, an article from The Wall Street Journal mentions a study by professors from universities including UCLA  that found “the annual area burned in the state quintupled between 1972 and 2018.”

The recent coverage includes:

Alex Hall, director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA

 KPCC’s Take Two (Hall speaks at the 1:10 mark)

Daniel Swain, climate scientist at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

National Geographic
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times regarding the prospect of more blackouts, the fire in Simi Valley, extreme red flag warnings, how firefighters gained control of the Easy fire, the fact that there were fewer losses in the recent and ongoing California wildfires than in recent years, and the danger posed by lack of rain in Los Angeles
New York Times
NPR’s All Things Considered (Swain speaks at the 2:03 mark)

Glen MacDonald, John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography, director of the White Mountain Research Center and UCLA Distinguished Professor

Los Angeles Times

Michael Jerrett, environmental health sciences professor,  UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The Argonaut

Sean Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA


Yifang Zhu, environmental health sciences professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

The Guardian