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2018 Fire Networks Workshop attendees learning about local fire adaptation efforts from our field day hosts. Credit: Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

It’s the Relationships

By: Liz Rank, The Nature Conservancy

It surprises no one reading this that relationships matter. But a recent workshop in Wenatchee, Washington, provided excellent examples of how investments in intangible assets — like well-tended relationships and strong network ties — can have… Read More

Topic: Learning networks Meetings / Events Resilience

Type: Meeting / Event

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  1. Fantastic Failure: Facilitation Flops in a Post-Fire World

    By: Annie Schmidt, Hilary Lundgren

    You know when something is going really, really wrong? Like, you know it is going wrong and even though you know, you find yourself paralyzed and unable to correct the course, so then it just gets even worse? Mm-hmm. So, let’s talk about… Read More

    Topic: Meetings / Events Wildfire recovery

    Type: Fantastic Failure

  2. "I arrived at the property with my notebook, tree flagging and a healthy sense of self-worth. I was met by the owner, her contractor, and an impending sense of doom." Credit: Deborah Lee Soltesz, Coconino National Forest

    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 Adams I get a lot of use out of this quote. It was penned by the man who… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise WUI codes & ordinances

    Type: Fantastic Failure

  3. When it comes to better wildfire outcomes, what's with all the error messages?

    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. It’s one of those places that CAL FIRE employees refer to when they talk about… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise

    Type: Research Synthesis

  4. Examples of how adding emergency managers to your team yields better outcomes.

    Are You Partnering with Your Emergency Manager? Four Stories to Demonstrate Why You Should Be

    By: Emily Troisi

    When we are talking about fire adapted communities, we are looking at before, during and after wildfire events, and emergency managers are crucial partners to engage at all of those points. I think without engagement from emergency management… Read More

    Topic: Evacuation outreach/planning Preparedness

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  5. Fire enjoying fresh oak litter during the perfect December burn window. Credit: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Evolving with Fire: Understanding Flammability and Rethinking Burn Windows [Science Thursday]

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    When was the last time you changed your mind about something important — something that you thought you knew? This question was posed at a conference I attended recently, and it has lingered with me ever since. I’ve been mulling it over,… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Research Synthesis

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    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 they feel lighthearted, so I brush them off and laugh. Most times, I cringe… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise Preparedness

    Type: Tools / Resources

  7. Wildfire Funding in the Omnibus Bill: What You Need to Know

    By: Cecilia Clavet, The Nature Conservancy

    The $1.3 trillion spending package that Congress passed last month included a legislative solution that — after a decade of advocacy by a bipartisan group of organizations — fixes the way that the government pays to fight wildfires, stabilizing… Read More

    Topic: Wildfire

    Type: Essay

  8. Credit: Huub Zeeman shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Wildfire Insurance 101: What Practitioners and Policy Owners Need to Know

    By: Rob Galbraith

    Have you ever gone on a family vacation for more than two weeks, during which you lived out of a suitcase? If your family is anything like mine, it can get pretty stressful! Now imagine having to live in temporary housing for six, nine or 12 months… Read More

    Topic: Planning Preparedness Resilience

    Type: Best Practices

  9. Join us for a day with Frank M. Riley Jr., the executive director of the Chestatee-Chattahoochee Resource Conservation and Development Council. Credit: Linda Riley, Mountain Scene Farms

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

    By: Frank Riley Jr.

    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

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise

    Type: Essay

  10. Spatial management processes, such as the development of Potential Operational Delineations, is creating pathways for more informed, collaborative and safety-focused wildfire management. Credit: USDA Forest Service

    Collaborative Spatial Fire Management: Getting Ahead of Fire Using Potential Operational Delineations

    By: Mike Caggiano, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, Colorado State University

    At the end of a windy summer day, an engine captain receives a smoke report from the dispatch center, readies his crew, and heads up the mountain in search of the fire. The crew rounds a bend and finds the flames. The fire is approximately 1-acre and… Read More

    Topic: Planning Wildfire risk assessment

    Type: Tools / Resources

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