Sudden oak death may create fire threat
oak death, which first appeared in California in 1995, has killed thousands of
oaks. This has fire officials worried about the possible fire hazard that the
dead trees could create.
is preparing for a severe fire season due to dry conditions. The dead, dry trees
are only expected to increase the danger. Both the California Assembly and
Congress are considering bills that would fund research into the disease, as
well as assist in fire prevention.
Oak death is caused by a species of Phytophthora that attacks several oaks, most
notably coastal live oak, which blankets much of the hills in coastal