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New Quiz! Photo credits, top to bottom: Ed Keith, Deschutes County; Erick Brown, The Nature Conservancy; Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

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. Ever feel like you need a dictionary just for wildfire terms? Here you go! Credit: Merriam Webster shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Your Wildfire Terminology Dictionary (Well, A Blog-Post Version of a Dictionary, at Least)

    Allison Jolley

    “What did the IC say about the fuel models in the area where we’ll be performing burn out operations? I can’t wait to get my red card and work on my faller… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

  2. Check out these recent examples of investments in wildfire mitigation paying big dividends. (Photo: Mitigation work completed by property owners facilitated the Vail Fire Department's safe and effective response to the Lake Christine Fire in Colorado earlier this summer. Credit: Eric Lovgren, Fire Adapted Colorado)

    Is Investing in Defensible Space Worth It? Six Examples Point to Yes!

    By: Allison Jolley

    Extreme fire behavior, like what we’ve seen in California this summer and last fall, demonstrates that there are no guarantees when it comes to preparing homes and families… Read More

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

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  3. Dive into the research on the relationships between fire and grazing, or “pyric herbivory.” Credit: Kelly Best Bennett shared by "Land Between the Lakes KYTN" via Flickr Creative Commons

    Science Thursday: An Argument for Heterogeneity, in the Kitchen Sink and in the Fields

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with stinky sponges. You know the type — the sponge that, despite looking new and clean, leaves your hands reeking for hours. You… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  4. In 2017, the Brian Head Fire traveled through 70,000 acres of southwestern Utah. In this photo, you can see some of the post-wildfire fuels reduction work done in the burned area, in efforts to prevent future fires from entering the town of Brian Head. Credit: Mike Saemisch

    Timber Treatments Successfully Reduce Wildfire Risk in Utah

    By: Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, John Schmidt

    Picture this: 2009, southwestern Utah. A busy interstate, with traffic coming from southern California, Canada and everywhere in between. An area that sees more than 20,000… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  5. Hilary Lundgren is the program coordinator for the Washington Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. This photo shows Hilary in high school, practicing tree climbing in preparation for a logging-sports competition. Connect the dots of Hilary's past by reading her "Day in the Life" essay. Photo credit: Mike Monaco

    Redefining Environmentalism: A Day in the Life with Hilary Lundgren

    By: Hilary Lundgren

    Growing up, my family piled into our FJ55 Toyota Landcruiser for “safaris.” We drove to the forest, into the Blue Mountains, which are tucked in northeast Oregon. We drove… Read More

    Topic: Wildfire

    Type: Essay

  6. The latest research on multijurisdictional wildfire response, with suggestions about conversations to have before the fire that may make co-management more successful. Credit: Lance Cheung, USDA shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Co-Managing Wildfire: Conversations You Need to Have Right Now

    By: Branda Nowell, Ph.D., Anne-Lise Velez, Ph.D. and Toddi Steelman, Ph.D.

    2017 saw numerous wildfires move cross across the American landscape, many traversing three or more jurisdictions. Co-management has been proposed as a guiding concept for… Read More

    Topic: Wildfire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  7. Credit: blhphotography, "Explore #280," Shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    #Fireadapted Summer Reading: 2018

    By: Allison Jolley

    When I asked for summer reading recommendations, I started to panic when no one sent me books about wildfire. People were sending me books about … people. I had been reading… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Communications / Outreach

    Type: Tools / Resources

  8. Learn about a partnership model that enables more effective wildfire response on rangelands. (Photo: A summer wildfire near Antelope, Oregon. Credit: EJ Davis, Oregon State University)

    Fire Adapted Communities on the Range: Why Rangeland Fire Protection Associations Matter

    By: Emily Jane “EJ” Davis

    On a hot summer day, lightning splits the sky in southeastern Oregon. Smoke begins to rise. Before long, a wildfire takes off through the dry sagebrush and grass, driven by… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Wildfire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  9. 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,… Read More

    Topic: Meetings / Events Wildfire recovery

    Type: Fantastic Failure

  10. 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… Read More

    Topic: Learning networks Meetings / Events Resilience

    Type: Meeting / Event

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