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A recent planning for wildfire webinar featured how Ashland, Oregon expanded its wildfire hazard zone to include the entire city. Credit: Al Case via Flickr Creative Commons

Topic: Planning Type: Tools / Resources

Top 5 Resources for Planning For Wildfire

Emily Troisi

In this post, I highlight five of Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net)’s most helpful planning for wildfire resources. Fire adapted communities take action before, during and after a wildfire. An important component to the… Read More

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  1. The intense wildfires and associated losses during 2012 inspired Utah's new wildfire policy. Credit: Thomas Peterson, Sanpete County Fire Warden

    Topic: Fuels treatment economics Wildfire Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    Making Lemonade from Lemons: How Intense Wildfire Seasons Yielded Utah’s New Wildfire Policy

    Jennifer Hansen, Nathan Barrons

    In January, I wrote a blog about Utah’s comprehensive wildland fire management policy, which passed in the 2016 Legislative Session. The policy is based on the principle of risk reduction, wherein the state pays for large and extended wildland fire… Read More

  2. Wildfire Network's Krys Nystrom training youth in the lost art of refolding a practice shelter. Credit: Krista Bonfantine, Arid Land Innovation

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Local workforce capacity Type: Interview

    Training Youth, Collaborating with Private Landowners and a Sense of Humor: A Day in the Life with Krys Nystrom

    Krys Nystrom

    How did you start working on FAC? I started working on fire adapted communities (FAC) at the Santa Fe County Fire Department (SFCFD) in 2008. I was hired as a temporary fuels crew member under a New Mexico Collaborative Forest Restoration Program… Read More

  3. Credit: Nick Fullerton via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Tools / Resources

    Science Tuesday: Give Your Input on Prescribed Fire Outreach Needs!

    Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    In the prescribed fire world, there are some conflicting truths. On the one hand, prescribed fire is an incredibly place-based practice — if you don’t have a sense of local weather patterns, fuel conditions, laws and regulations, and culture, you… Read More

  4. From people power to equipment sharing, there are several models to increase prescribed fire capacity surfacing in northern California. Credit: Michelle Halbur, Pepperwood Preserve

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Local workforce capacity Type: Meeting / Event

    Lend a Hand: Models for Increasing Prescribed Fire Operational Capacity

    Allison Jolley

    The more I’ve learned about fire, the more I’ve grown concerned about the lack of prescribed fire in the San Francisco Bay Area (Bay Area), where I live. Most of my go-to spots for recreation are densely vegetated with invasive grasses, French… Read More

  5. At a recent training, New Jersey's newly certified FAC ambassadors worked in teams to build comprehensive wildfire preparedness plans. Credit: Bill Brash, New Jersey Fire Safety Council

    Topic: Communications / Outreach CWPPs Defensible space / Firewise Type: Best Practices

    Building a Wildfire Preparedness Plan: We’re All in This Thing Together

    New Jersey Fire Safety Council

    Written by Bill Brash, President, New Jersey Fire Safety Council New Jersey contains approximately four million acres, 1.1 million of which are in the Pinelands region. The Pinelands are a fire-dependent ecosystem containing vast forests of pitch,… Read More

  6. FAC Net Meets in Tahoe!

    Allison Jolley

    Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network is wrapping up a great workshop in Lake Tahoe! Stay tuned for a post later this month that will highlight the workshop’s take-aways. Thanks to all of the workshop attendees for making the week a great… Read More

  7. Collectively, Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites have accomplished decades of wildfire prevention efforts. Credits (top to bottom): Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; Adam Heberlie, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    Two National Historic Sites Become Colorado’s First Firewise Education Sites

    Colorado State Forest Service

    This article was first published on the Colorado State Forest Service’s website. The Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites recently became the first locations in Colorado to attain recognition as pilot… Read More

  8. Richard Parrish during a prescribed fire. Credit: Richard Parrish, Bureau of Land Management

    Topic: Collaboration Learning networks Type: Interview

    The Role of the Bureau of Land Management in FAC: An Interview with Richard Parrish

    Richard Parrish

    Richard Parrish graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in natural resources. He currently works for the Spokane District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as the assistant fire management officer. He has worked for the… Read More

  9. Ranchers leading a prescribed burn in Nebraska. Credit: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Meeting / Event

    Science Tuesday: Seeing Cowboys as Catalysts

    Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    Last week was filled with firsts: my first time in Nebraska; my first time trying Mountain Dew, Rocky Mountain oysters and runzas (a Nebraskan spin on a sandwich); my first time tagging the ear of a newborn calf; and my first time touring cattle… Read More

  10. FAC Net Staff talking with partners at this week's WUI Conference. Credit: Wendy Fulks, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Topic: Learning networks Meetings / Events Wildfire Type: Meeting / Event

    Reflections on WUI 2017

    Wendy Fulks

    Wildland-Urban Interface:  noun | areas where homes and forests meet | “WUI” This year’s WUI… Read More

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