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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Each resident in your community is more than a dot on a map or a seat at a community meeting. Check out these tips on how to leverage individual residents' values, interests and strengths to enhance your work. Credit: Preston Keres, USDA

    Stop Winging It with Residents: What Works, and What Doesn’t

    By: Allison Jolley

    Over the past several months, people who work with residents on wildfire resilience have shared several striking insights. Review their ahas and ensure that your approach to… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Defensible space / Firewise Preparedness Resilience

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  4. Learn about the EPA's app, toolkit, research and continuing education course, all of which aim to improve public health during times of wildfire smoke. Photo: Pedestrians wearing N95 masks to better tolerate the smoke from the Camp Fire. Credit: Bastian Greshake Tzovaras shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Wildfire Smoke Resilience Resources from the EPA

    By: Alan Vette, Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Energy National Research Program

    Who is Most at Risk? As many of you know and have experienced, emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from wildfire smoke are increasingly exceeding safe levels. Smoke… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Wildfire

    Type: Tools / Resources

  5. Nine Fact Sheets That Will Make Your Job Easier: NFPA Resources about Wildfire-Resilient Homes

    By: Cathy Prudhomme, National Fire Protection Association

    We often encounter an unspoken expectation from residents that folks in the wildfire resilience field have attained an all-encompassing level of expertise regarding “all… Read More

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Ignition-resistant home construction

    Type: Tools / Resources

  6. A story of broken trust and a forest in need along the Klamath River. Credit: Will Harling, Mid-Klamath Watershed Council

    Fantastic Failure: Shared Vision, Shattered Trust

    By: Karuk Tribe, Department of Natural Resources, Bill Tripp

    We had envisioned black oak woodlands and large madrones. Douglas firs and pines dotting the landscape. South-facing slopes showered with leaf litter from black oaks, enabling… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Fantastic Failure

  7. Credit: Jenifer Bunty, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists

    Talking about Lighting Fire Near Recently Burned Communities: Communications at the Southern Blue Ridge TREX

    By: Jenifer Bunty, Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists

    The southern Blue Ridge Mountains were hit hard during the 2016 wildfire season. The region’s fires that year included the Chimney Tops 2 (“Gatlinburg”) Fire, the… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  8. Up and down the West Coast, 2018 has been a busy year for fire adaptation public policy. Photo credit: KQED QUEST shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Fire Adaptation Public Policy: West Coast Updates

    By: Allison Jolley

    California • Washington • Oregon California Clarifies Prescribed Fire Liability, Invests in Fuels Removal, and Focuses on Community-Level Work by Nick Goulette,… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire WUI codes & ordinances

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  9. DYK? Out-of-town farmers voluntarily provided the irrigation equipment needed to protect Yellowstone National Park's historic Old Faithful Lodge during the 1988 wildfires. Credit: National Park Service

    Unsung Heroes of the 1988 Yellowstone Fires: Church Leaders and Farmers

    By: Liz Davy, Island Park Sustainable Fire Community Matthew Ward

    A burning cigarette butt landed on a pile of sawdust, soaked with oil and gas. And like that, a firewood cutter started the North Fork “Yellowstone” Fire, a fire that… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Wildfire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

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