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FAC Net blogs include success stories, lessons learned, resources, tips and even failures related to community wildfire resilience. Please contact us if you have a story to share.


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

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. And why collaboration is essential to addressing them.

    What’s All This About A Wicked Problem?

    By: Peter Williams, Partnership Academy

    I often hear that community collaboration or collaborative conservation involve wicked problems. Ever wonder what that really means? In the Northeast, wicked is used as… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration

    Type: Essay

  2. What is good fire? We in fire often tout the term, claiming that "more good fire means less bad fire." But what are we talking about when we say that? Credit: Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Science Thursday: Finding Good Fire

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    How did you find fire? Did it come to you — a wildfire in your community, a random job opportunity — or did you go to it? I like to think I was born into it. I was born at… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Local workforce capacity

    Type: Research Synthesis

  3. An emergency management coordinator describes the opportunity for collaboration and partnerships between emergency management and wildfire resilience practitioners. Credit: Boulder County Emergency Operations Center

    A Day in the Life with Andrew Notbohm: How Emergency Management and FAC Go Hand in Hand

    By: Emily Troisi, Andrew Notbohm

    Interviewer’s note: During my five years working with FAC Net, I’ve discovered a passion for understanding how communities prepare for, respond to and recover from natural… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Resilience Wildfire Wildfire recovery

    Type: Interview

  4. Photo of headphones with the following text imposed: FEMA Region 10 Podcast Featuring FAC Net

    Seeking Fire Adaptation and Community Resilience Peers? Join FAC Net!

    By: Michelle Medley-Daniel, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

    Our partners at FEMA Region 10 recently produced a podcast focused on the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net). If you’ve been wondering about FAC Net’s… Read More

    Topic: CWPPs Defensible space / Firewise Evacuation outreach/planning Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

  5. Instead of trying to get your communities to "accept" smoke, equip them with resources to prepare for it. Credit: Mike Elson, Coconino National Forest shared Flickr Creative Commons

    Smoke Adaptation is Fire Adaptation

    By: Allison Jolley

    “It’s not as simple as, ‘How do you want your smoke?’ We could conduct thousands of acres of prescribed fire in our county and still be breathing smoke from another… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Resilience Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

  6. A personal account of a beloved great grandmother's evacuation during the Camp Fire. Credit: Sharon Hahn Darlin shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Leaving Paradise

    By: Chief Michael D’Orazi, Ashland Fire & Rescue

    Last October, I was visiting my mother, brother (Rick), and sister-in-law (Joanne), in Paradise, California. My mother, at the age of 98, had transitioned out of her home and… Read More

    Topic: Evacuation outreach/planning Wildfire

    Type: Essay

  7. A breakdown of recent federal directives and policy related to the Cohesive Strategy. Photo: These fuel breaks successfully protected homes during the Badger Creek Fire (Wyoming). Credit: USDA Forest Service

    Two National Directives and One Piece of Public Policy Worth Understanding: The 2018 Farm Bill, Executive Order 13855 and DOI Secretarial Order 3372

    By: Katie Lighthall, National Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy, Western Region

    Editor’s note: If you haven’t spent much time with the new Farm Bill, Executive Order 13855 and Secretarial Order 3372, take a moment to read these summaries produced by… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

  8. Interested in controlled burning across ownership boundaries? Check out this new case study on Trinity County's pathway toward more all-lands, all-hands prescribed fire. Photo credit: Jim Bartlett, Team Rubicon for USDA Forest Service

    How We’re Burning Across Boundaries: Trinity Integrated Fire Management Partnership Case Study

    By: Nick Goulette, Watershed Research and Training Center

    Here in Trinity County, California, we were early adopters of the FAC ethos. We created our first community wildfire protection plan before the CWPP acronym was even invented.… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  9. "As much as I love a successful controlled burn, the trust built with landowners can feel like the biggest victory of all. " Credit: Matt Cocking

    4 Tips for Conducting Controlled Burns on Private Property from a Burn Boss

    By: Phil Dye, Prometheus Fire Consulting LLC

    We stood shoulder to shoulder, watching the fire creep down the hill. The flame was continuous but low, no more than 8-inches tall. It was now burning, restoring, a strip of… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Best Practices

  10. 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

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