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"It is a horrific moment when you realize that the worst case scenario, the thing you had been theoretically preparing for, is actually happening." Dave Lasky shares six lessons learned regarding the catastrophic Four Mile Canyon Fire. (Photo: satellite image of the Four Mile Canyon Fire perimeter. Green and black indicate burned areas. White spots are destroyed homes. Credit: DigitalGlobe)

Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

Fantastic Failure: False Hope and the Four Mile Canyon Fire

Dave Lasky

On the morning of Septemb­­er 2, 2010, the Four Mile Canyon Fire ignited in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, just west of Boulder, Colorado. Eighteen hours later, 168 homes were destroyed, and over 6,000 acres had burned. For me, what started as a… Read More

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  1. What’s on Tap for 2018? Our New Year’s Resolutions

    Allison Jolley

    I will comb my hair every day. I will call my grandparents more. I will practice gratitude. Those are a few of my New Year’s resolutions. I know, I know, most of us cringe in regard to New Year’s resolutions, but at the same time, I believe… Read More

  2. Shown in this image is a California-hazel-stem basket holding tanoak acorns that were collected from the 2015 Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) burn area. Also shown is a Karuk woman’s “work” basket cap and an acorn cooking paddle made of Pacific maple. These are a few of the resources used by Karuk women to gather and prepare acorn soup. This burn reduced acorn pests, cleared out surface and ladder fuels to improved acorn gathering, and maintained the tanoak cavity at the base of this older tree. Cavities like this are important habitat for animals that hunt small game that eat acorns. Credit: Frank Lake, USDA Forest Service and Karuk Tribe.

    Topic: Traditional Ecological Knowledge Watershed protection / management Type: Essay

    Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and World Renewal Ceremonies into Fire Adaptation: An Indigenous Stewardship Model

    Bill Tripp Karuk Tribe, Department of Natural Resources

    The Karuk Tribe’s Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and belief systems are constructed and preserved in the form of stories, practices, performances and ongoing interactions with the natural world. Among such rituals include our World Renewal… Read More

  3. Alison Green works with communities throughout central Oregon on wildfire resilience issues. Here, she's talking with a landowner. Credit: Project Wildfire

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire recovery Type: Interview

    Working Together: That’s the Central-Oregon Way [A Day in the Life with Alison Green]

    Alison Green Project Wildfire

    What did you do prior to working on community wildfire resilience? How did you get into FAC work? Prior to Project Wildfire, I fought fire for the USDA Forest Service, performed recreational site surveys, and worked for a property management… Read More

  4. Meet Austin Fire Department's Wildfire Fuels Mitigation Crew. They work to help residents living in Austin's wildland-urban interface live more safely with wildfire. Photo credit: Nia Henry, Austin Fire Department

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Interview

    Getting It Done: A Day in the Life with Austin Fire Department’s Wildfire Fuels Mitigation Crew

    Austin Fire Department

      Not all fire departments have a wildland fire division. How did yours evolve? As Travis County has expanded into previously rural areas, more of our residents have moved into the wildland-urban interface, or the WUI. As the name… Read More

  5. 17 Ways We Grew: Community Wildfire Resilience Lessons from 2017

    Allison Jolley

    2017 has been a big year. Natural disasters, including wildfires, struck numerous communities. Technology evolved in novel ways. A total solar eclipse occurred. Bitcoin became the talk of the town. Fidget spinners went viral and out of style. By… Read More

  6. Lenya gives us a refresher on the science behind why some homes burn more readily than others, with a reminder that even the most knowledgeable practitioner can always do more. Modification of photo by U.S. Department of Energy shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Ignition-resistant home construction Wildfire Type: Research Synthesis

    Science Tuesday: Why Homes Burn (and Why I’m Reminding You)

    Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I was nine years old when my dad’s family home burned in the Oakland Hills Fire. As a country kid from one of the most fire-prone counties in northern California, I was no stranger to wildfire. Still, I remember the shock of driving through his… Read More

  7. Learn about a pilot program that assigns "stars" based on the number of defensible properties within Firewise USA™ Sites. Credits (front to back): Gary Marshall, Project Wildfire; Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

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

    Raising the Bar for Firewise USA™ Sites: Oregon County Pilots a Local Firewise “Four-Star” Rating Program

    Gary Marshall

    In 2015, several Project Wildfire steering committee members attended the National Fire Protection Association’s Backyards and Beyond Conference. A common theme of the conference was that many of the nationally recognized Firewise USA™ sites… Read More

  8. "In our area, most homes are surrounded by continuous tree cover, fine fuels, abundant flammable shrubs and ladder fuels. Not only are these homes at risk, but they’re our greatest opportunities for mitigation. We hence redefined our WUI to include the built environment, as we realized that there isn’t a line where fire adapted communities stop and fire resilient landscapes begin." Modification of a photo by Don Graham shared va Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Planning Wildfire risk assessment Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    The Line Between Fire Adapted Communities and Fire Resilient Landscapes Isn’t Just Invisible; It Doesn’t Exist

    Forest Schafer Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

    While looking through an old hard drive, I found a homework assignment from an undergraduate silviculture class. The assignment was simple: develop a prescription for a full rotation of an even-aged stand of timber, including intermediate management,… Read More

  9. Aja Conrad, Karuk tribal descendant, holding the line in a white oak stand. Credit Stormy Staats, Klamath-Salmon Media Collaborative

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

    Good Fire on the Ground in 2017: Seven Controlled Burns to Learn From

    Allison Jolley

    We recently asked our members and partners to tell us about their controlled burning efforts. Seven practitioners shared stories with us; each one presenting a unique twist on prescribed fire. Landowners Take the Lead in Humboldt County By Lenya… Read More

  10. "It is all too easy to fall into the trap of focusing on what we lack. Sometimes this acts as reasoning for why we aren’t making progress. Or, it can lead us to work feverishly to compete for 'our piece of the finite pie.' Here’s what scarcity thinking doesn’t do: allow for creativity, incentivize giving, encourage experimentation, or let us feel satisfied, fulfilled and whole." Credit: Modification of photo by Stephanie shared via Flickr Creative Commons

    Topic: Learning networks Type: Essay

    How Practicing “Enough” and Looking Ahead Can Support Social Innovation

    Michelle Medley-Daniel

    The Sunday after Thanksgiving I started having procrastination-anxiety. I recognized it immediately. My interest in vacuuming and folding the laundry was the giveaway. There’s never a better time for me to get housework done than when I’m putting… Read More

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