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Don’t Reinvent the Prescribed Fire Wheel: Must-Have Liability, Timing and Outreach Resources

By: Allison Jolley

Are you planning any controlled burns this fall? (Or winter? Or spring?) This blog offers a collection of resources… Read More

Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned Tools / Resources

Editor's Note: All blog entries are reviewed and edited for length and clarity by Network staff before approval for posting.

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  1. Florida, Prescribed Fire, the National Association of State Foresters, and Risk Mapping: Meet John Fish

    By: Florida Forest Service, John Fish

    Editor’s note: If you work in the realm of controlled burning, wildfire risk mapping, outreach or forestry, John Fish is someone you should meet. John is the chief of the… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Evacuation outreach/planning Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Interview

  2. FAC Net's co-director, Michelle Medley-Daniel, was about 20 miles (as the crow flies) from the Carr Fire. In this post, she shares some of her journal entries from last summer. Photo credit: Nick Goulette, Watershed Research and Training Center

    Views of the Carr Fire: Journal Entries from Trinity County, California

    By: Michelle Medley-Daniel, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Watershed Research and Training Center

    July 20, 2018 I picked you up from the Redding airport on a cloudless Friday afternoon. You remarked on the hot wind. “They’re sculptures. Twisted limbs reaching… Read More

    Topic: Evacuation outreach/planning Wildfire

    Type: Essay

  3. Are you maximizing local residents' roles in fire adaptation? Read this blog to learn about a volunteer empowerment approach that works: the Neighborhood Ambassador program. Photo: Neighborhood ambassadors for Cedar Mesa Ranches after a community chipping day, which was planned in recognition of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, 2018. Credit: Amanda Brenner-Cannon, Wildfire Adapted Partnership

    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

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise Local workforce capacity

    Type: Tools / Resources

  4. Thanks to the fuels treatments done by the Colorado State Forest Service and its key partners, fire response crews were able to contain the Golf Course Fire before it entered nearby communities. Keep reading for 15 more examples of wildfire mitigation efforts that worked. Credit: Grand County Sheriff’s Office

    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

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Ignition-resistant home construction

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  5. A collaborative group discusses a prescribed fire and its effects as smoke still lingers. Credit: Ed Keith, Deschutes County

    How Do You Want Your Smoke? Why Oregon Is Exploring a New Smoke Management Plan

    By: Ed Keith, Deschutes County

    In Oregon, prescribed fire smoke is regulated by the Oregon Smoke Management Plan, which is overseen by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Department of… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  6. True or false: Poison oak produces poisonous smoke when burned? Lenya Quinn-Davidson takes a dive into the research on a quest to find out. Credit: David Dennis shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Poison Oak, Poison Smoke?

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I came out of last week looking like someone who’d just been released from a hard labor camp. My hands were covered in blisters from digging soil pits for a research… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  7. Wildfire smoke increasingly travels thousands of miles, sometimes across the entire country. Get a rundown of the latest wildfire-smoke science, opportunities to mitigate it, and tools to communicate about it in the blog post below. Photo: Smoke from 2017 California wildfires spanning the U.S. Credit: NASA

    How Healthier Forests Can Mean Less Smoke: The Science, Tools and Strategies Related to Smoke Management in Fire-Adapted Forests

    By: Dr. Leland Tarnay, USDA Forest Service Region 5 Remote Sensing Lab

    The Air Quality Problem With disconcerting regularity, smoke from large wildfires keeps saturating the skies of California (and other states) for days on end, over vast… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  8. Replacing a home that was lost during the Carlton Complex of 2014. This family lost their primary home and business, and understanding their unique needs was essential to their holistic recovery. Credit: Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group

    Equity in Action: Long-Term Disaster Recovery in North-Central Washington

    By: Maria Estrada, The Nature Conservancy

    “What is equity?” The answer to that question is both elusive and central when working toward fire adaptation. When I was in Washington State last May, I met the… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Wildfire recovery

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  9. With their dependence on fire, American Indians are uniquely positioned to teach other communities throughout the country about how fire is medicine for both people and the environment. Photo: Lois Conner Bohna with acorns on a tree tended by her grandmother, Lilly Harris, at a ranch near North Fork, California. Credit: Frank K. Lake, USDA Forest Service

    Fire as Medicine: Fire Dependent Cultures and Re-Empowering American Indian Tribes

    By: Frank Kanawha Lake, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station

    Across North America, many communities seek to live more safely with wildland fire; some call that working to become a fire adapted community. Many American Indian tribes were… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Traditional Ecological Knowledge

    Type: Essay

  10. Imil Ferrara, who has participated in a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), and Chris Baldo trade stories about using prescribed fire as Jana Carp listens. Credit: Mary Huffman, The Nature Conservancy

    Seeking and Finding Community Capacity for Wildfire Resilience

    By: Jana Carp, Jana Carp Consulting

    “We need to work together if we are going to meet the threat of wildfire in our community.” I heard this said time and time again — with either conviction or reluctance… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Resilience Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

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