Like tens of millions of matchsticks, California’s dead trees stand ready to burn. Between severe droughts, a plethora of invasive species, and other problems, trees are at high risk with low defenses. As more trees die, they add fuel to an already growing flame.
Gov. Jerry Brown of California issued emergency declarations for the Sierra’s central and southern regions last October. Mr. Brown also called for a task force to devise strategies to clear the forests of deadwood. He also sought additional federal funds.