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In recent years, California has experienced massive, destructive wildfires, such as the 2018 Camp fire, which killed 85 people and destroyed over 18,000 structures. Such “megafires” scorch over 100,000 acres and cause huge losses. Researchers are studying these blazes, both in the lab and in the field, with the hope of using new technology, computer simulations and understanding of how fires spread to battle fires before they become so destructive. This video explores the work of groups led by Michael Gollner of University of Maryland, College Park, and Craig Clements of San José State University.

 

Learn more: Firenadoes and drifting embers: The secrets of extreme wildfires