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  1. Stop Winging It with Residents: What Works, and What Doesn’t

    BY: Allison Jolley

    Over the past several months, people who work with residents on wildfire resilience have shared several striking insights. Review their ahas and ensure that your approach to… Read More

  2. Nine Fact Sheets That Will Make Your Job Easier: NFPA Resources about Wildfire-Resilient Homes

    BY: Cathy Prudhomme, National Fire Protection Association

    We often encounter an unspoken expectation from residents that folks in the wildfire resilience field have attained an all-encompassing level of expertise regarding “all… Read More

  3. Why the Ferguson Fire Didn’t Destroy Yosemite West: 15 Years of Wildfire Mitigation Generates a California Wildfire Success

    BY: John Mock, Ph.D., and Kimberley O’Neil

    “You have to get involved with fire,” urged a friend who survived the 1991 Tunnel (Oakland Hills) Fire. That sage advice came shortly after we bought our house in Yosemite… Read More

  4. Fantastic Failure: Why Would Residents Refuse Wildfire Mitigation Money?

    BY: Einar Jensen , South Metro Fire Rescue

    A high-risk neighborhood refusing a $13,500 mitigation grant is a fantastic failure. The year was 2013, and I was on top of my game. I was (and still am) a risk reduction… Read More

  5. Enhancing Fire Adaptation Through Active Volunteers: The Neighborhood Ambassador Approach

    BY: Ashley Downing , Wildfire Adapted Partnership

    Despite burning over 50,000 acres, the 416 Fire did exactly what the Falls Creek Ranch community wanted it to. The fire burned right up to the community boundary and because… Read More

  6. Does Wildfire Mitigation Work? 16 Examples and Counting!

    BY: Allison Jolley

    We recently published a story highlighting six examples of wildfire mitigation paying off in 2018. You asked for more, and I’m happy to report that just for 2017 and 2018… Read More

  7. Is Investing in Defensible Space Worth It? Six Examples Point to Yes!

    BY: Allison Jolley

    Extreme fire behavior, like what we’ve seen in California this summer and last fall, demonstrates that there are no guarantees when it comes to preparing homes and families… Read More

  8. Fantastic Failure: Big Stick, Big Mouth

    BY: Eric Lovgren

    Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. ~ Douglas… Read More

  9. Can You Hear Me Now? Why We All Need a Refresher on “The Imagined Public”

    BY: Allison Jolley

    I just moved to Marin County, California, right at the base of Mount Tamalpais. If you know much about the San Francisco Bay Area and wildfire, you just shook your head.… Read More

  10. Six Great Wildfire Adaptation Resources in Spanish: It’s About More Than Word-for-Word Translations

    BY: Maria Estrada, The Nature Conservancy

    Cautionary Tales As a native Spanish speaker, I pay special attention to the multiple inaccurate English-to-Spanish translations that I see in my day-to-day life. Sometimes… Read More