A Model for the Future of Fire Management

Authors: Michelle Medley-Daniel

If you have a Facebook account head over to the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council and Salmon River & Orleans Complexities pages to learn more about the TREX prescribed fire training event currently being hosted on the Klamath. Posts on the sites include updates and accomplishments from the event to date and a selection of fantastic pictures. For those of you who don’t have a Facebook account here are some of the highlights:

“This week inaugurates the first annual Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX). This TREX has opened the hearts and minds of community members and practitioners alike. 50+ participants with a wide range of experience showed up in Orleans, CA on October 1st. 19 were local and/or academic Firefighter 2 trainees gaining their first official experience with fire under NIMS/NWCG protocols. On the first day, the FFT2 trainees completed the tool order portion of their basic training by prepping handline for the Tishawnik burn units while the more experienced folks implemented 30 acres of prescribed burns on three properties in the Red Cap neighborhood. Research plots and gathering sites for traditional food and fiber resources important to the Karuk and Yurok Tribes are included in this year’s burns. Support from Region 5 Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy FACLN/FLN/SPER programs, CAL-FIRE, Siskiyou and Humboldt County Air Districts, is enabling Tribal, NGO, academic, and agency personnel to restore and maintain fire resilient conditions. Our communities are coming together to become fire adapted. Our landscapes are becoming prepared for safe, efficient, and consistent response to wildland fire events. Our human/fire relationships are being revitalized. This year’s TREX runs through the 11th and we are five days into our stack of approved burn plans. We are learning together and burning together while getting good fire on the ground. So far, over 150 acres have been treated on eight tribal and private parcels. Please enjoy these photos and follow this page for more stories from the Western Klamath Mountains, and thank you all for your great work.” –Posted by Bill TrippKlamath Trex 3

“I am thankful for the TREX training. It is awesome they are focused on cultural burns and places near communities that have burned, or almost burned. I can’t wait until they come to our place. The little bit of smoke is so worth it.” Posted by Regina ChichizolaKlamath Trex 1

“TREX day one….and already burning stuff, including huckleberries! Thanks to Will, Bill, Nancy, Chris, Luna, Guy, the whole staff of MKWC, the Karuk Tribe, the USDA Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy for pulling this together – and for the landowners who have invited (and trusted) us to burn on their land!” Posted by Colleen RossierKlamath Trex 2

“It feels so good to live in a place where landowners, even ones who have had fire on all sides but one, who have lost homes only months before to wildfires, realize the opportunity of that “good black” to implement larger prescribed burns below their homes to prevent future wildfires from burning up more structures. Dick and Heather Watts up at Rainbow Mine were happy to host the Fall 2014 Klamath Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) to do just that.” Posted by Will HarlingKlamath Trex 5