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Wildfire Resilience

This site contains information about the Wildfire Resilience program at Stanford University. We focus on land stewardship activities, fire fuel reduction treatments, and partnering with community agencies to enhance regional wildfire resilience.

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Land Acknowledgement

Video courtesy of the Native American Cultural Center at Stanford

 

Mission

To aid the University, in partnership with community agencies, in preventing, identifying, and mitigating the impact of wildfires through:

  • The implementation of land stewardship activities designed and targeted to prevent ignition, minimize smoke, and reduce the flaming zone
  • Ensuring that land stewardship activities are completed in a manner that is consistent with our values and policies for protecting sensitive species, native ecosystems, and cultural resources 
  • Identifying and supporting opportunities to incorporate field research
  • Piloting innovative technologies that aid in wildfire prevention, impact reduction, and rapid identification 
  • Community outreach and education about our land stewardship activities
2022-2023

Wildfire Resilience Annual Update Report

Our annual update report has been released for the 2022-23 year! Read more about Stanford’s Wildfire Resilience program's progress. 

Create your own weather reports

Check real time data from the weather station on the Stanford Historic campus

Latest News & Stories

Goats and Sheep Have Arrived on Stanford Lands for Spring of 2024!

Between two programs at Stanford, Real Estate Operations and Wildfire Resilience, there are over 1700 livestock grazing on Stanford lands helping with vegetation management. 

The USDA's Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Submits Report to Congress

The report contains 148 recommendations ranging from enabling beneficial fire (pages 96 and 97), modernizing tools for decision making, increasing collaboration, and much more. 

Aerial view of the JRBP pile burns in March of 2024. Learn more below.

Wildfire Resilience Program Signage

Is similar in design to the “Heads-Up” and “Stay Safe” programs, with aim to be educational to the public and an emphasis on positive work being completed. Look for these signs to identify when we are working to enhance wildfire resilience.

Stanford Report Article: Pile Burns planned at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

A fuel reduction project to improve wildfire resilience in and around the preserve is a living lab for wildfire management research and an opportunity to model cultural burning for Indigenous communities.

Wildfire Resilience Pile Burns Featured on ABC 7 News!

The Wildfire Resilience program and researchers at Stanford University are taking advantage of the wet weather by burning fire fuel for wildfire management at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) in Portola Valley ahead of the fire season.

Pictured above from left to right, Zander Opperman, Office of Sustainability Living Lab Intern, Luisa Rapport, University Communications, and Sheena Sidhu, JRBP. 

Meet the Wildfire Resilience Team!

The Wildfire Resilience program is a multi-department effort supported by staff from across Stanford University. There is a formal steering committee chaired by Land, Buildings and Real Estate's (LBRE) Associate Director for Resilience and Emergency Response, Cody Hill, and an implementation group, led by Kevin Irwin, Senior Project Manager in LBRE. Many team members serve in both capacities to support the diverse activities of the program.

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