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Summary and Recording Now Available: California and Southwest Drought and Wildfire Webinar

On May 24, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) hosted a Drought Update and Wildfire Outlook Webinar for California and the Southwest. The webinar summary and recording are now available. 

The webinar provided stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on the current drought status and outlook, as well as the wildland fire potential outlook. 

Speakers included:

  • Drought & Climate Update & Outlook: Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center 

  • Wildland Fire Potential Outlook: Chuck Maxwell, Predictive Services Manager, Southwest Coordination Center 

  • How do Drought and Vegetation Recovery Influence Post-Wildfire Hazards?: Luke McGuire, University of Arizona

  • Post-Wildfire Resources: Emile Elias, USDA Southwest Climate Hub

This webinar was a special joint region webinar, combining the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar Series and the Southwest Drought Briefings, produced by the Intermountain West DEWS and the USDA Southwest Climate Hub.

The webinar partners included NIDIS, the California-Nevada Climate Applications Program (CNAP, a CPO Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) team), Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute, National Interagency Fire Center, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Southwest Climate Hub, National Drought Mitigation Center, Arizona Climate Office, and the University of Arizona.

Read the webinar summary »

Watch the webinar recording »

Read the California/Southwest Drought Status Update for May 2021 »





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