This year, wildfires in California have burned a record 4.2 million acres, damaged or destroyed over 10,000 structures and killed 35 people — and the season hasn’t even concluded.
The situation has become increasingly dire, with six of the top 20 wildfires in state history taking place this year, including the largest wildfire on record. California’s top wildfire and climate researchers are responding to this incredible challenge, but they are also realizing there is a need to take a more collaborative, holistic and proactive approach to their work.
Moises Hernandez loves his family, but he wouldn’t ask them to pay for college tuition, let alone vital necessities to a UCLA student like housing, food and textbooks. As a first-year transfer student majoring in philosophy, Hernandez counts on the federal Pell Grant.
“Without that money, I wouldn’t be able to pay for my housing, my books, my food,” he said. “I don’t receive any support from my family. They don’t have the income to financially support me, although they do support me morally and I really appreciate that.”