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Editor's note: Kimberley O'Neil and John Mock have been fire adaptation leaders in their community for 15 years. This summer, their community's work was put to the test during the Ferguson Fire. Learn how their work held up. In this photo, John and Kimberley are being presented with a plaque of appreciation from Yosemite National Park's chief of fire and aviation, Kelly Martin. Credit: Yosemite National Park

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

Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

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. Tucked away in northwestern California, the community of Orleans experienced significant loss due to a wildfire in 2013. Since then, we've been using spatial fire planning to chart a better path toward wildfire resilience, including leveraging the wildfire footprint to create additional fuel breaks around our community. Photo credit: Thomas Dunklin

    Show Your Partners You’re Listening. Literally! How We’re Using Values-Based Spatial Planning to Visualize and Prioritize Collaborative Forest Restoration

    By: Will Harling, Jill Beckmann

    The first meetings of the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) felt like going on a blind date … with 60 people! As our facilitator, Mary Huffman, divided us at… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Planning

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  2. Whether you’re talking about wildfire or prescribed fire, your words matter. Check out these resources and tips before your next outreach effort. In this photo, Yosemite National Park's chief of fire and aviation, Kelly Martin, is explaining the ecological and community safety benefits of prescribed fire. Notice the homes along the right side of the photo. Credit: Yosemite National Park

    Nine Tips for Talking about Fire and FAC

    By: Allison Jolley

    1. Speak with more than words.  The Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network has developed some amazing visual aids regarding fire adapted communities… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

  3. "As I reflect on this year’s WTREX, it’s not the hard numbers that jump out at me. Rather, it’s the ethereal components of the event that now linger: the energy, the comradery, the odd sense that we probably would have all stayed there a lot longer if that were a reasonable option." Credit: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Indulging in Fire: Reflections from the Women-in-Fire Training Exchange

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    A few years ago, I asked my closest friends to describe my biggest character flaws. I had my own ideas about what they were, but I wanted to hear from the people who knew me… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Local workforce capacity

    Type: Meeting / Event

  4. "Surprisingly, a goshawk nest was discovered behind the homes following a forest thinning treatment. Here, we could all agree on an important point: understory burning would be an ideal tool to improve the habitat while maintaining fuel loadings at a safe level for the adjacent neighborhood. This pushed us all outside of our comfort zones, but it also revealed that wildlife and community fire protection goals are more compatible than may appear at first, especially when viewed at a landscape scale." Credit: Bettina Arrigoni shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Why We’re Bringing Prescribed Fire and Forest Thinning Closer to Traditionally Preserved Wildlife Habitat: We all Need It. Including the Birds.

    By: Forest Schafer

    Having served as a community forester for years, I tend to view forest management through a “community wildfire protection and preparation” lens. I confess that sometimes… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  5. Learn about Ashland Fire & Rescue's ten-year journey to redefine its wildfire hazard zone and pass a risk reduction ordinance applicable to new and existing structures. Credit: Graham Lewis, Ashland Chamber of Commerce

    How Ashland Passed a Wildfire Ordinance (Hint: We Removed Our Ordinance Blinders)

    By: Alison Lerch, Chris Chambers

    The danger of designated wildfire hazard zones is that they inherently consider some areas as “out” of the zone of risk. The 2009 Siskiyou Fire and 2010 Oak Knoll Fire in… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Ignition-resistant home construction Planning

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

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  7. Imagine if for every dollar we spent on wildfire suppression, we spent one on prescribed fire. Credit: Lance Cheng, USDA Forest Service shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Stop Focusing on Ignitions and Start Investing in a Prescribed Fire Workforce

    By: Jeremy Bailey, The Nature Conservancy

    The way a fire burns isn’t always dictated by how it starts. Forests and grasslands don’t burn at extreme intensities, destroy homes, kill people, and denude entire… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Essay

  8. Credit: Pam Wilson

    14 Community Wildfire Preparedness Ideas at Your Fingertips.

    By: Allison Jolley

    So, you keep hearing buzz about Prep Day, but aren’t sure what to do for it in your community. (Remind me, what does Prep Day stand for? Oh, that’s right, National Wildfire… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise

    Type: Tools / Resources

  9. Salient lessons learned regarding how to build the next generation of wildfire practitioners. Credit: Forest Stewards Guild

    How the Forest Stewards Guild is Building the Next Generation of Fire Practitioners: The Forest Stewards Youth Corps Fire and Fuels Program

    By: Matt Piccarello

    As the igniters lined out at the top of the ridge, I could see a mix of apprehension and excitement in their eyes. Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) Fire and Fuels crew… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Local workforce capacity

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  10. A recent facilitative leadership training focused on how to be a better listener, leverage others' interests and strengths, and adapt based on what your partners and systems need.

    Facilitative Leadership: Concepts Every Wildland Fire Leader Can Use

    By: Wendy Fulks

    Twenty members of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net) and Fire Learning Network (FLN) — experts in prescribed burning, ecosystem management and community… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Communications / Outreach Resilience

    Type: Tools / Resources

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