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  1. Farmer Gone FAC: A Day in the Life with Frank M. Riley Jr.

    Frank Riley Jr. Chestatee/chattahoochee RC&D Council

    My roots run deep in Towns County, Georgia. My grandfather was born here in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1889, and in fact, he was Towns County’s first county extension agent. Today, my wife and I live on his old farm, with the scenic… Read More

  2. Discover the #WildfirePrepDay Project Right for You: New Quiz and Project Menu!

    Allison Jolley

    If you’re wondering how to engage your community on National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day (#WildfirePrepDay, or Prep Day), look no further. Take this short quiz to find out what project(s) fit your needs and interests, and also get access to… Read More

  3. When Wildfire Hits the Ranch: Lessons Learned from the Thomas Fire

    Matthew Shapero, University of California Cooperative Extension

    Just as quickly as the Thomas Fire swept through parts of our community, the questions started flooding my office: Should we prune our burned avocado trees? Can I graze my cattle on burned pastures, and if not, how can I increase my forage production… Read More

  4. Science Tuesday: Why Homes Burn (and Why I’m Reminding You)

    Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I was nine years old when my dad’s family home burned in the Oakland Hills Fire. As a country kid from one of the most fire-prone counties in northern California, I was no stranger to wildfire. Still, I remember the shock of driving through his… Read More

  5. Raising the Bar for Firewise USA™ Sites: Oregon County Pilots a Local Firewise “Four-Star” Rating Program

    Gary Marshall

    In 2015, several Project Wildfire steering committee members attended the National Fire Protection Association’s Backyards and Beyond Conference. A common theme of the conference was that many of the nationally recognized Firewise USA™ sites… Read More

  6. Building Networks Regionally and Statewide: A Day in the Life with Pam Wilson

    Pam Wilson FireWise of Southwest Colorado

    What did you do before working on community wildfire resilience? During my first career, I worked for the USDA Forest Service. My last job with them was on the San Juan National Forest as a public affairs specialist for their Fire and Fuels… Read More

  7. Fantastic Failure: Apple Maggots? Fire Management and Pest Management Meet

    Ryan Anderson, Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    During my youth, apple maggot quarantine signs were as abundant along state highways as broken down station wagons. If someone failed to show up at camp or a ball game, some kid would often explain their absence with a nonchalant, “that’ll teach… Read More

  8. Collaboration in Action: Building Resilience in White Swan

    Kirstin Taggart, Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council, with assistance from Gary Peters, Yakama Nation Fire Management and Andy Babcock, Yakima County Fire District 5

    “White Swan is a small community on the Yakama Nation in south central Washington State. It is considered a major population center on the Yakama reservation and is categorized as being high fire risk. The immediate landscape is a mix between… Read More

  9. One City’s Lifeline for All Things FAC: A Day in the Life with Alison Lerch

    Alison Lerch

    When you get to work on Monday morning, what are your top priorities for the week? I spend my first hour addressing any pressing things that have come up over the weekend. I try to meet with at least one of Ashland’s 25 Firewise Communities each… Read More

  10. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2017: What Happened?

    Allison Jolley

    May 6th marked the 4th annual National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Prep Day). The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a primary catalyst of this event each year; through State Farm, they provide $500 grants for community events… Read More