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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.

 

POD workshop participants digitizing POD control lines using maps generated with potential for control analysis. Photo credit: Mike Caggiano

Risks and Rewards: Managing Wildfire for Resource Objectives in Northern New Mexico

By: Emily Jane Davis, Zander Evans, Mike Caggiano, Heidi Huber-Stearns

On July 13th, lightning ignited the Francisquito fire on the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. Forest Service incident decision makers described their management… Read More

Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Monitoring / Assessment Wildfire risk assessment

Type: Research Synthesis

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. Photo by Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    Changing the Fire Culture: Let’s Be Provocative

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I love words. I love flowery, superfluous words; I love pithy, intense words; I love concise language, florid language, scientific language, love language—I love language.… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Essay

  2. Dr. Jack Cohen presenting on the role of local conditions and characteristics in home ignitability. Photo credit: Headwaters Economics, 2019

    Building for Wildfire Summit: Understanding How Homes Burn and How to Build Better

    By: Kimiko Barrett, Ph.D.

    The wildland-urban interface problem is a home ignition problem, not a wildfire control problem. Extreme wildfires are inevitable but wildland-urban fire disasters don’t… Read More

    Topic: Defensible space / Firewise Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire WUI codes & ordinances

    Type: Best Practices

  3. Attendees of the 2019 RVCC Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM. Photo credit: Sylvan Pritchett

    Bringing the Voices of Collaborative Conservation to Decision Makers in D.C.: An Interview with Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition

    By: Karen Hardigg, Tyson Bertone-Riggs

    Editor’s Note: Policy barriers play a substantial part in our everyday decision making processes and have significant implications for fire adaptation and community… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Learning networks

    Type: Interview

  4. background photo credit: Mid-Willamette Valley Fire School by BLM Oregon

    Don’t be a Bystander. Be an Active Bystander!

    By: Maria Estrada, The Nature Conservancy

    Editor’s note: FAC Net is committed to having conversations around inequity in community resilience and wildfire adaptation. This blog is part of a series of introductory… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Equity/Inclusion

    Type: Best Practices

  5. Credit: Colleen Rossier, University of California — Davis

    Cultural Burning and TEK: How Can FAC Practitioners Leverage Indigenous Connections to Fire Without Exploiting Them?

    By: Allison Jolley

    “This is the thing: If you have the option to not think about or even consider history, whether you learned it right or not, or whether it even deserves consideration,… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Traditional Ecological Knowledge Watershed protection / management Wildfire

    Type: Research Synthesis

  6. Local volunteer fire department member gaining experience on a prescribed burn in Humboldt County, CA. Photo by Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    Finding the Sweet Spot: Rigor Versus Impact in Certified Burner Programs

    By: Lenya Quinn-Davidson

    I am a notorious softie. It became clear when we got our first dog 11 years ago: I am the one who defaults to empathy, and my husband, in contrast, defaults to discipline. Of… Read More

    Topic: Collaboration Equity/Inclusion Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire

    Type: Best Practices

  7. See if your local school or library carries any wildland fire education books — and if not, consider asking if they could order a shelf copy of some of these back-to-school recommendations!

    Back to School: A Wildland Fire Book List for Young Readers and Educators

    By: Rebecca Samulski, Becca Samulski

    Practitioners of fire adapted communities often get tasked with leading field trips, lessons and presentations with local schools and youth groups. We usually see an uptick… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Preparedness

    Type: Tools / Resources

  8. Taking part in a prescribed burn was a key part of the Hotspots Fire Project workshop. Photo credit: Kate McShea

    What Does Community-led Recovery Look Like? A Case Study from the Carwoola 2017 Bush Fire

    By: Zoe D'Arcy, New South Wales State Emergency Service (Australia)

    One sunny day in February 2017, I got to see first-hand what impact a disaster could have on people when my own small community of Carwoola in New South Wales experienced a… Read More

    Topic: Learning networks Preparedness Resilience Wildfire recovery

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  9. As wildfire behavior changes, our understanding of what fuel treatments can and can't do is also evolving. A fire ecologist shares his takeaways from the Carr Fire. Credit: Eamon Engber, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

    Fuels Treatments Aren’t a Guarantee, but They Still Matter: Gaining Perspective from the Carr Fire

    By: Eamon Engber, Klamath Network Parks and Six Rivers National Forest

    I’m not sure our messaging surrounding fuel management is clear, consistent or rooted in the best available science and current fire regimes. During the first two days… Read More

    Topic: Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire Wildfire

    Type: Success Story / Lessons Learned

  10. What the Silver Tsunami Means for FAC and Why You Need to Partner with Assisted Living Facilities

    By: Allison Jolley

    There are no children on the list of dead from the Camp Fire. No teenagers or even young adults have been identified as victims of the disaster. The 46 named victims so far… Read More

    Topic: Communications / Outreach Evacuation outreach/planning Wildfire

    Type: Essay

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