UC Davis Researcher Believes Future Sierra Fires Will Be Much Worse

CBS Sacramento

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TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) – After seeing the flames and breathing the smoke, it’s hard to think fires like the Rim Fire could get much worse. But one researcher says if everything falls into place, this is just the beginning for the Sierra.

We have dry conditions and poor snowpack, add in a couple more factors and UC Davis scientists say we’ll see blazes that make the Rim Fire look like a camp fire.

For anyone who lives near the fire, or has watched the flames tower on TV, you know it’s one of the worst fires we’ve seen in a long time.

“When you look at the Rim Fire and because it’s close to Yosemite we think ‘there’s the big one.’ Well that’s not really the big one,” said UC Davis plant ecologist Mark Schwartz.

Schwartz does research on Sierra fire conditions and says mountain…

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